Monday, March 19, 2012

Times Square Meets Downtown St. Louis?

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Columbus, Ohio, a very attractive city with a dense, walkable downtown.  While exploring the city I noticed this interesting building across the street from the Ohio capitol:

Just above the street level retail space are two tickers containing news updates.  Above them are two video ribbon boards, and there is a large video billboard on the roof.  These signs were all in operation 24 hours a day, and really made the corner feel lively - a touch of Times Square in Central Ohio.

As I continued to walk about the city, I noticed maybe tickers on maybe two or three other buildings, including the headquarters of the Columbus Dispatch...

...and the Key Bank building

This got me thinking how tickers and video screens could easily spruce up certain parts of downtown St. Louis.  Our many garages would seem to be great candidates - I can envision video screens on the blank walls of the Kiener Plaza garages, or tickers on the garage next to One Financial Plaza, either at Broadway and Locust or across from the Mercantile Exchange at 6th and Locust.  Maybe KMOV or KSDK could have news feeds in front of their respective buildings. Why not?  I think the effect such signage creates is very stimulating.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Brown & James Moving to Bank of America Plaza

This fall, law firm Brown & James will be moving a couple of blocks east, having recently signed a lease for 54,000 sf on the 9th, 10th and 11th floors of Bank of America Plaza at 800 Market Street.  The firm currently has 84 local attorneys (150 employees total) and plans to add another 10 attorneys this year.

Brown & James is leaving behind roughly 50,000 sf at 1010 Market Street.  At just $16.50 psf, this large block of space could offer a compelling opportunity for a mid-sized firm.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Random Lease Roundup

Rynearson, Suess, Schnurbusch & Champion leased 14,027 sf at 500 N. Broadway.  The firm was previously based in the Gateway Tower at One Memorial Drive.

Serenity Women's Healthcare (an OBGYN physicians group) signed a lease for 2,323 sf in the Truman Building at 916 Olive.

Tatouage Body Art Studio signed a lease for 1,620 sf in the historic Cast Iron Building at 714 N. Second Street on Laclede's Landing.

Friday, February 24, 2012

CliftonLarsonAllen Update

Good news for downtown St. Louis: CliftonLarsonAllen is consolidating its St. Louis offices, moving 50 employees downtown from Clayton!  In order to accomodate them, the accounting firm is currently in negotiations to add an extra 9,000 sf to its current 25,000-sf space at 600 Washington.  There are also plans to increase headcount through new hires over the course of the next 12 months.

Perhaps more financial services firms will follow CliftonLarsonAllen's lead and make the move downtown from the suburbs.  RubinBrown?  Brown Smith Wallace?

One additional interesting tidbit mentioned in the Business Journal's article on CliftonLarsonAllen's expansion is that there are apparently proposals out to fill roughly have of the remaining 150,000 sf of vacant space at 600 Washington.  Hopefully we'll be hearing of new tenants signing on soon.