Real Property: Major projects shaping St. Louis

From downtown to St. Charles, ambitious developments are changing the landscape across the metro area.


Steelcote Square District

Steelcote Square District

There’s a resurgence happening in the heart of the city. Large-scale projects, such as CITYPARKCity Foundry STL, and Armory STL, have created buzz about Midtown and Downtown West, where 21c Museum Hotel recently opened in the former YMCA building. Look a bit farther south, though, and you’ll see more infrastructure on the rise. Topgolf is preparing to open this year, while Pier Property Group is transforming the nearby former Steelcote Manufacturing Company in dramatic ways. The Edwin will house 199 apartments—and a 70,000-square-foot Target, with construction slated to wrap next February.


The Brickline Greenway along Market Street

Brickline Greenway

In June, The New York Times wrote about the Brickline Greenway, which “seems to be spiriting the city in a positive direction,” serving as both a shared-use path and “a public reckoning of the city’s racist history—and its impact on Black residents today.” Case in point: the 2-mile completed stretch through downtown, which runs beside “Pillars of the Valley” (artist Damon Davis‘ tribute outside CITYPARK to the displaced residents of Mill Creek Valley), past a bronze statue of attorney Frankie Muse Freeman (the first Black woman on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission) and the Old Courthouse (site of the landmark Dred Scott case), and to the Gateway Arch (“plagued by its own history of displacing poor Black residents during construction in the early to mid-1960s”). “When it is finished in 2030,” Ron Stodghill wrote in the NYT, “10 miles of new trails will connect 14 mostly Black St. Louis-area neighborhoods.” Two segments are complete, and an additional three are in design phases. 


Gateway South

Just south of the Gateway Arch National Park, along the riverfront, St. Louis–based Good Developments Group is reportedly planning to transform the site known as Chouteau’s Landing. “Gateway South will spur the advancement of the building industry by fostering connection and collaboration of its ambitious pioneers,” the developer says. “It will incorporate an array of leasable spaces—industrial, office, studio, research—and will be amenity-rich, with programs tailored to industry needs and connections to downtown St. Louis and the Arch.”


Next NGA West

Next NGA West

In nearby North City, construction is underway on the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s $1.7 billion western headquarters. Today, the main operations building and visitor control center exteriors are complete, and two parking garages are nearly finished. When employees arrive, in 2026, they’ll have access to such amenities as a courtyard, coffee bar, and mile-long walking trail.


Delmar Maker District

Delmar Maker District

Just east of the Delmar Loop, the Delmar Maker District is picking up momentum. New additions have sprouted up near Third Degree Glass Factory, The Magic House and MADE for Kids, and Craft Alliance, including Brew Tulum and Maker’s Locale (a multi-use facility housing Alpha Brewing, as well as a second location of Steve’s Hot Dogs and a spinoff of The Fountain on Locust, aptly named The Fountain Off Locust). And restaurateur Ben Poremba, who recently opened Deli Divine inside the nearby Delmar DivINehas announced that he plans to relocate several of his acclaimed restaurants—including Elia, Olio, and Nixta—from Botanical Heights to the Delmar Maker District next year.


The events center at WildCare Park

Saint Louis Zoo’s WildCare Park + Destination Discovery

The Saint Louis Zoo has wild plans for 425 acres in North County. Slated to open in 2027, its forthcoming $230 million experiential conservation area will likely house such animals as giraffes, white rhinos, Grevy’s zebras, gazelles, antelope, camels, and ostriches. Guests will be able to take safaris through woodlands and savanna, feed the giraffes, and stay in luxury cabins. In the meantime, plans for the 2.8-acre Destination Discovery, slated to open in 2026 on the former site of the Emerson Children’s Zoo in the zoo’s existing Forest Park location, include providing a place where visitors can watch macaws fly overhead, see a tasmanian devil up close, and explore an underground tunnel system.


Westport Plaza

After already dramatically transforming Union Station and The Cheshire, among other high-profile projects, Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) is continuing its revival of Westport Plaza with a number of noteworthy additions. Soda Fountain Express, a retro-inspired burger joint, is slated to open in October. 360 West, a spin-off of popular downtown restaurant Three Sixty, is scheduled to open in December. And a 1-acre park in the heart of the plaza is supposed to open by year’s end. That’s not to mention The Porter, a 255-unit apartment complex, which is expected to open in the first quarter of 2025.


Crestwood Crossing

Crestwood Crossing

The former Crestwood mall site in South County is getting a new lease on life. The mixed-use development’s retail component centers around a 70,000-square-foot Dierbergs, which opened in March. Other future retail tenants include Crumbl Cookies, Mercy-GoHealth Urgent Care, Club Pilates, Panera Bread, Eye See Vision Center, and Roosters Men’s Grooming Center. Construction is also underway on the Townes at Crestwood Crossing, a subdivision of 81 single-family residences built by McBride Homes, with construction slated for completion by mid-2024. A pedestrian bridge connecting the development to Grant’s Trail is also expected to open in the next month.

Courtesy of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

39 North

With former Arch Grants director Emily Lohse-Busch at the helm, Creve Coeur’s 600-acre ag tech innovation district is starting to take shape, after years of discussion and seven regional organizations coming together to create the district. The idea behind the 600-acre campus: to foster a regional hub for ag tech talent, with a mix of residential, office, retail, and outdoor spaces.


St. Charles Riverpointe

St. Charles’ Riverpointe

As St. Charles County continues to grow, so too do plans along the banks of the Missouri River, near the bustling Streets of St. Charles development, where Napoli Sea recently opened. Just west of Bangert Island, the ambitious 120-acre Riverpointe project reimagines the riverfront, with “office buildings, 500 apartments, 150 hotel units, 100,000 square feet of riverfront restaurants and retail, all likely incorporating rooftop patios and gardens to take advantage of the lake and river views.” Plans call for an additional 75–200 townhouses or condos, an amphitheater, and a pedestrian bridge. Construction is currently underway on Chicken N Pickle, a pickleball venue and restaurant near the Streets of St. Charles that’s slated to open this fall.


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