Let's also not forget that 20 years ago, before all this stuff was built, this part of Hanley (as well as Eager Road) was even uglier than it is now. Yes, I'm saying it: big box store/crap strip plazas actually improved an area. Strike me down with lightning and ban me from the forum, but let's not fool ourselves about what the Hanley and Eager area used to be like.
Good point. It may seem obvious in retrospect but its only fair to ackknowledge that Home Depot was built there sometime before 1997. Target was built before 2000. Dierbergs before 2002 and BestBuy and Walmart sometime around 2004. Metrolink station by comparison was open for business around 2008.
With the link you can view historic aerials using the layers setting.http://maps.stlouisco.com/propertyview/
Additionally the dense mixed use development (Houlihans, Spring Hill Suites) at Strassner I think shows a willingness to move to a more TOD template. They are just stuck with legacy decisions made when metrolink was less than certain.
Secondly its no wonder the development there is auto oriented considering its at the intersection of two interstates.
So Home Depot will probably be gone soon. That store is getting a little old. When do they get their TIF to build a new one, and will it be in Rock Hill or Shrewsbury?
I doubt it. The building may be older but its in decent shape. Based on my unscientific observation Home Depot draws more business than Lowe's (probably a visibility and access thing) so I doubt they are ready to cede the market share to Menards without a fight. Most likely if they do decide they need to update to compete it seems most likely they will rebuild in place. I'd expect Lowe's to go permanently dark before Home Depot. That said TOD might make more sense there anyway. Its also very close to an underutilized metrolink station and well designed TOD would mean the people living there wouldn't have to fight through Hanley traffic to get to work in Clayton, or the City.
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein