Thursday, November 15, 2007

Paradowski Moving West...Down Locust Street

Paradowski Graphic Design, currently located right next to the Mercantile Library building at Broadway and Locust, is plotting a move to the former Stern Fixture Co. headquarters at 1910 Locust.

Paradowski will spend $8.7 million to renovate the two buildings, which total 20,000 sf and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A third building on the site, constructed in 1942, will be razed for parking. A 2,000 sf coffee shop is planned for a storefront space at 20th and Locust, which will add a little more life to an area that already has its fair share of eating and drinking establishments including the Tap Room and Jim Edmonds' new restaurant, F15teen.

The agency has 36 employees and expects to add at least thirty new jobs over the next five years. Once Paradowski has moved out of its current offices (in August 2009), it will make its current building available for lease.

It would make a great home for St. Louis' NEXT great creative firm.

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