St. Louis Armory complex to reopen as entertainment venue

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The $60 million entertainment complex, which developers say will be the largest indoor entertainment attraction in St. Louis, opens Dec. 9.

armoury 250,000 square feet historic midtown building It housed the 138th Infantry Division of the Missouri National Guard in 1938 and later became the site of the St. Louis Tennis Club.

Visitors will be able to enjoy food, drink and live music in a sprawling space with five more event venues when construction is completed next spring.The complex also includes the St. Louis Tennis Hall of Fame. increase.

“We hope to be the biggest attraction in the area, outside of the Cardinals stadium, hopefully. + Jake Miller of Bev says:

Brick + Bev Green Street Real Estate Ventures, behind the project. The company has redeveloped some industrial sites for new purposes. This includes a Doris Gear manufacturing plant that has been converted into a business park and an empty machine shop that has been converted into the Rockwell Beer Company.

The Armory employs 400 people when fully built. Many of the positions are part-time but require a minimum of 30 hours per week.

The historic building is located on Market Street adjacent to Interstate 70, City Foundry STLa $300 million redevelopment by Steve Smith’s Lawrence Group that includes a food hall and office and retail space.

Leaders at Green Street Real Estate Ventures had planned to convert the armory building into office space, said president and CEO Philip G. Hulse. Failed IPO 2019.

Instead, Hulse said the building will be the centerpiece of a new entertainment district that spans from Grand Boulevard to Vanderbender Street.

“We bought everything along the way, and we intend to revitalize it into a mixed-use entertainment district that literally attracts millions of people to the city,” Hulse said. “This is the kind of building that everyone passes by every day, waiting to be reborn.”

The Armory includes a two-story slide, one of the city’s largest video screens, and facilities for dozens of games, including badminton, table tennis, horseshoes, and more. Local cover bands play on weekends, and the 60-foot stage hosts occasional concerts by national acts. In concert configuration, this space has an audience capacity of he 5,000.

The next phase of development will start in February.

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