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The St. Louis Wheel at Union Station stands 200-feet-tall. The new attraction in downtown St. Louis will be open year-round.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

A new attraction in downtown St. Louis will open to the public in less than a week — the St. Louis Wheel.

The 200-foot-tall observation wheel at Union Station is part of a multimillion-dollar entertainment complex, which will include an aquarium, mini golf course and soda fountain. 

Architectural illustration of the St. Louis Wheel, which will be built at the Union Station entertainment complex. St. Louis Aquarium
St. Louis Aquarium

Construction will soon begin on a 200-foot observation wheel that will loom large over Union Station and provide sweeping views of the city.

The St. Louis Wheel, with 42 enclosed gondolas, will be among the first attractions to open this fall at the $187 million family entertainment center being built by Lodging Hospitality Management in the historic train shed.

The development’s centerpiece — a two-story aquarium featuring sharks and other water species — will open by the end of the year, company president Steve O’Loughlin said.

Building boom can be measured in number of cranes in the sky.
Chris Stritzel City Scene

St. Louis has had a banner year for construction in 2018. The number of building permits issued was up in 17 of the city's 28 wards. The value of new projects totals more than $1 billion, and dozens of projects are on the drawing board, or ready to break ground, in 2019.

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is expected to open in 2019.
St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Work will begin later this month on a new aquarium at Union Station in downtown St. Louis.

Officials gathered Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the two-story, 120,000-square-foot aquarium that will house aquatic life that can be found in the ocean and the nearby Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

A rendering of the proposed St. Louis soccer stadium.
HOK

Updated on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 3 p.m. to include new offer from Foundry St. Louis -

A decision on an offer to cover a funding gap for a proposed soccer stadium in St. Louis could rest with the top professional league in the U.S.

 

Two groups have been trying to secure a local MLS expansion franchise and one is suggesting a partnership that could eliminate the need for public money. Foundry St. Louis officials say they are willing to put $80 million into the $200 million project proposed by SC STL.

 

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says it isn't up to the city to approve such a plan.

 

The St. Louis Aquarium's main attraction will be  a 385,000-gallon shark tank.
Lawrence Group

Developers are planning to build a $45 million aquarium is Union Station near downtown St. Louis and they say it will feature one of the largest collections of sharks in the Midwest.

Nick Perryman motions at passing cars as he stands across the street from the Edward Jones Dome on Jan. 13, 2016 showing both his displeasure with Rams owner Stan Kroenke and love for his hometown team.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

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A rendering of the planned food stands in railroad cars and 200-foot-high Ferris wheel at Union Station.
Lodging Hospitality Management

The company that owns St. Louis' Union Station will begin work Feb. 1 on a major makeover of the historic railroad hub.

(Shula Neuman, St. Louis Public Radio)

Train enthusiasts and history buffs gathered at the re-opening of Union Station yesterday in downtown St. Louis. The newly rehabbed train station and hotel kicked off its inaugural weekend by celebrating National Train Day.

Cindy Betz

The Grand Hall at St. Louis’ Union Station re-opens to the public Saturday with fanfare that includes a 3-D light, video and sound show.

The presentation begins with the sound of a chugging train. You can almost imagine conductors calling “All aboard!” as you start to take in the show on the 65-foot ceiling.

The experience includes a musical soundtrack and narration to slides and video that range from Union Station’s golden days to highlights of a Blues game.

Jessica Hentoff

Ari Maayan flies through the air with the greatest of ease, a daring young man on the flying trapeze — in the parking lot of St. Louis’ Union Station.

Maayan, 14, is the chief unicyclist with Circus Harmony, an organization with the goal of teaching kids circus skills and life lessons. He’s been with Circus for three years but on Wednesday, he enjoyed his first trapeze swing, complete with a back flip into the net below.

“It was really cool, it’s really like flying,” Maayan said.

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Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Beginning in 1942 and for around three decades – no one seems to know for sure – a massive mural depicting a flurry of commercial activity along the St. Louis riverfront peered down upon the ticket counter at Union Station.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The new owners of Union Station in downtown St. Louis say excursion trains could be rolling from its platforms this time next year.

St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management purchased the 1894 train station and adjacent hotel in October and plans a $50 million upgrade of the property, though that does not appear to include the cost of rehabbing the canopies over the train tracks and any work that would have to be done to accommodate trains.

St. Louis Union Station sold for $20 million

Sep 6, 2012
via Wikimedia Commons

The sale of downtown St. Louis’ historic Union Station is set to go through in mid-October.  The sale was first reported Wednesday by the St. Louis Business Journal.

The facility’s new owners, St. Louis-based Lodging Hospitality Management,  are hoping to succeed where a host of other developers have failed.

(via Flickr/pasa47)

The $50 million plan to redevelop St. Louis' historic Union Station focuses on improvements to the Marriott Hotel, not the struggling retail space.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the St. Louis Development Corp. board voted 4-0 Thursday to award $5 million in federal tax credits to Lodging Hospitality Management, which has a contract to buy the former train station that was turned into a retail center and hotel.

Sale nears completion for St. Louis Union Station

Jun 21, 2012
(via Flickr/Reading Tom)

Updated 5:44 p.m. with information from the St. Louis Business Journal.

St. Louis Union Station could soon get a transformation.

The one-time railroad terminal turned into a retail center has been struggling for many years. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after a bidding process, a sale is nearing completion. Details of redevelopment plans have not been released.

Flickr/mrsdkrebs

A parade will be held in downtown St. Louis on Saturday honoring the men and women that served in Iraq.

The idea for the parade was started by two St. Charles men, Craig Schneider and Tom Applebaum. They approached the veterans group, The Mission Continues, with the idea and they agreed to partner with them to make the parade happen.