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New Scott Transit Plaza loses Neighbors

December 19, 2010

Last weekend I noticed that one of my favorite buildings had come down.  While driving down 40, I glanced towards the Armory and saw a large lot of dirt to its south instead of the corrugated-steel warehouse that was there last time I had looked.

Beck and Corbitt Steel on Spring

I admit that the building was not an architectural marvel, or even particularly attractive, but I loved it.  With its ring of graffiti underneath the large letters announcing its former tenant, this building told the story of the area now and in the past.  It had me imagining what it was like alongside the train tracks running through the middle of the city when they were alive and productive here.  Only two blocks south of Market Street and directly on the tracks, this was a prime location.  In addition to all of this, the building had a small feature that really attracted me to it.  This Bear (or Badger as I have always called him) was on the West side of the building.  I will miss it.

The Badger

I originally speculated that this would be the site of Metro’s new Park and Ride lot for the new Scott Transit Plaza, but was corrected by Jennifer from NextStopSTL (Thanks!).  Unfortunatly, I still don’t know why this block was raized.  Maybe the land is going to be used by whoever is in the former May Company Warehouse that sits across Spring.

Gone

A couple google searches taught me that the Million square foot warehouse sold by Macy’s last year for 2 million dollars has at least 2 tenants now: Hazzard Moving and Storage, and Warehouse of Stuff.  Hopefully this land will be used productivly for those tenants or maybe for some future plans for the Armory (wouldn’t that be cool?).   I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but whatever it is, I won’t forget what was here before.

600 S. Spring

I really wish progress didn’t have to be so destructive.

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4 comments

  1. I didn’t know that place was coming down, but it isn’t part of the Scott Plaza project (although it could have something to do with the City’s work on the Grand Bridge). Metro isn’t tearing anything down except the elevator towers at the station (which will be replaced in a different location). The lot we acquired for the park and ride is at the corner of Scott & Theresa, and it’s just an empty lot next to a parcel that already has a Metro power station on it. We’re going to take up a bit of the freight track spur between the MetroLink tracks and Scott Avenue and make a long and narrow park and ride. Check out the overheads on Google Maps at the station and you’ll see where I mean.

    Too bad about the badger, though. I love finding little treasures like that.


    • Thanks for the information! I guess I was speculating a little too much but I am excited about the whole project.


  2. The St. Louis Public Library is storing the central Library collection in the former Famous-Barr warehouse.


  3. […] year I wrote about the demolition of some old industrial buildings in the block bounded by Prospect Ave, Bernard St, Spring Ave, and the railroad tracks. Site of […]



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