Tuesday, July 21, 2009

More Development for the North Riverfront?

Looks like more development could be in store for the North Riverfront in the near future: At its meeting next week, the Preservation Board will be considering the St. Louis Stamping Company Buildings at 101 Cass Avenue for addition to the National Historic Register - the first step toward attaining tax credits for historic renovations.

The building is owned by Craig Heller of LoftWorks - an encouraging sign - and located adjacent to one of my favorite buildings in all of St. Louis, the Cotton Belt railway depot.

Also, a group led by Jay Simon and Jim Callahan is in early talks to reopen Mississippi Nights, the popular music club on Laclede's Landing that closed in 2007 when Pinnacle Entertainment decided to demolish it for a parking lot. Neither Simon nor Callahan was affiliated with the original Mississippi Nights ownership group.

The new Mississippi Nights would be located in the historic Laclede Power Building, which is owned by Simon's firm, Metropolitan Building & Design. While the project is still in the planning stages, amenities would include a restaurant, recording booth, beer garden, balcony, and a deck overlooking the Mississippi River. Capacity will be 1,000 to 1,200.

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