East St. Louis Riverfront

Discuss new retail, dining, business and residential projects in Southwestern Illinois, including East St. Louis, Belleville, O'Fallon and Edwardsville.
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Possible Early Rendering?

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CityScene STL's take

https://www.cityscene-stl.com/forum/met ... t-district
I wonder where the demand is going to come from for this proposal. Obviously I would love to see the East St. Louis riverfront developed. I see boating canals in this rendering. I definitely think it would have to be an either regional or national draw to be successful. Something completely unique to the region. Maybe a possible expansion of the Casino Queen as a casino resort?
^ I'm not sure that's a rendering for what Killeen is proposing. They said theirs was in front of the Arch and their pictures are around the park over there. The rendering seems to show a development north of the Eads and MLK bridges.

This whole thing seems a bit odd to me. Are they creating this competition for architects to submit plans for this area, or did they win a competition to develop this area? The wording seems kind of weird. Either way, hope to see some concepts soon.
The Mayor wrote:
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:12 pm
^ I'm not sure that's a rendering for what Killeen is proposing. They said theirs was in front of the Arch and their pictures are around the park over there. The rendering seems to show a development north of the Eads and MLK bridges.

This whole thing seems a bit odd to me. Are they creating this competition for architects to submit plans for this area, or did they win a competition to develop this area? The wording seems kind of weird. Either way, hope to see some concepts soon.
1. The rendering seen above (isn't working for me) was a concept from several years ago to my understanding.
2. Killeen Studio's high rise towers are part of a competition for a prize but may not be developed unless a developer wants to buy in.
3. BOLD areas: It's a competition for an award and not an RFP for this area.

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I see what they're trying to do, but I feel like they have an uphill battle on getting buy-in. Imagine how difficult it is for a lot of these developers to either get financing that works, and the requirement of real demand, and that's already a challenge for our side of the river. I do think something like a Casino Queen resort thing could be an opportunity. Wish this effort and money would just hop across the river to the Landing or Chouteau's. But interested to see where this goes. Have always wanted to see both sides of our river developed, but of course an cognizant of the flooding, present industrial nature, etc. I'm not sure if I'll see the other side developed like Downtown St. Louis, ever, unfortunately.
bwcrow1s wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:15 am
I see what they're trying to do, but I feel like they have an uphill battle on getting buy-in. Imagine how difficult it is for a lot of these developers to either get financing that works, and the requirement of real demand, and that's already a challenge for our side of the river.
I agree.