Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The Post-Dispatch Printing Building

One of downtown's more curious buildings is the former Post-Dispatch printing building at 1111 Olive. This 100,000 sf building was built in 1942 and has an interesting art deco facade. Most of the ground floor is used for parking, and while the exposed parking garage may not contribute much to the streetscape, it is a nice amenity for tenants.

The building has sat vacant since losing its primary tenant, the United Way, who leased 60,000 sf there before moving to its current home at 910 N. 11th in the Convention Plaza office complex.

Most recently, the building had been mentioned as one of the candidates for Emmis Communications' new offices and studios for KSHE, KPNT, KHIT and KFTK. Also under consideration are the Park Pacific and Cupples Station. Among Emmis' requirements are exterior signage opportunities and parking for the radio stations' van fleet, both of which are provided by 1111 Olive.

Emmis currently leases 20,000 sf at the Powerhouse at Union Station. They plan to spend an estimated $5 million to build new glass-enclosed studios that will allow pedestrians to look in on live radio shows in progress.

No formal announcement has been made yet.

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