August 5, 2020
With construction near completion and office tenants moving in, City Foundry STL elects to wait to open remaining attractions in consideration of public health.
City Foundry STL (3730 Foundry Way, St. Louis, MO 63108) announces today that the development has opened its office spaces and welcomed its first tenants. Located on Forest Park Avenue between Vandeventer and Spring Street, the 15-acre site will feature a food hall and public market with additional restaurants, shops, as well as entertainment and office spaces. The shell construction to restore the over 100-year-old foundry building is complete as well as beautification of the site with landscaping. With an over $220 million investment and overall progress moving forward, City Foundry STL will wait to open the remainder of the development, which includes the food hall and public market, retail businesses, and more. With the ongoing nature of the pandemic, the decision is based on consideration for public health and safety. This change will align the opening of The Food Hall at City Foundry with the opening of additional tenant attractions such as Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fresh Thyme. City Foundry STL is also looking for ways to engage the community safely on site in the outside public spaces throughout the fall.
For the office tenants of City Foundry STL, there is excitement about the opportunity to get back to work in an inspiring place for creative and innovative companies. 95% of the current office space is currently leased. The first tenants include: Orion Genomics LLC, a St. Louis based global gene discovery and DNA testing company; Great Rivers Greenway, an organization whose mission is to make the St. Louis region a more vibrant place to live, work and play by developing a regional network of greenways; and Bullhorn, a global leader in software for the staffing industry.
“Relocating our company to City Foundry STL was an easy decision,” said Nathan Lakey, president and chief executive officer of Orion Genomics LLC. Lakey added, “The development’s stylish reinterpretation of the historic foundry complex as a cutting-edge, live-work-play facility, the line-up of chefs and restaurants, the variety of entertainment, and the list of prestigious co-tenants make this a wonderful destination for our visitors and an invigorating workplace for our staff.”
Emma Klues, vice president of communications and outreach for Great Rivers Greenways, states, “Our new home at City Foundry STL is a great location to be accessible to our community. It’s near two MetroLink stations and several bus lines; it’s close to highways and offers free parking; and eventually, it will be right along the Brickline Greenway. As for our actual space, we’re still unpacking everything, but we love the natural light and the industrial mix of old and new in the site. Our team is looking forward to having local small business lunch options and a grocery store right here!”
“We are excited to be a part of the STL Foundry. From the moment that I explored the property in 2018, I knew it was something special. I loved the message around partnerships and collaboration, and we are excited to be a part of the community. St. Louis has been a fantastic home for us; one loaded with talented and passionate people,” says Vice-President of Support & General Manager Steven Warfield.
While City Foundry STL will not be open entirely to the public for the foreseeable future, the team will still look for opportunities to serve the community through charitable fundraisers, safe outdoor events, and more. For example, City Foundry STL hosted their first public event in April with the Restaurant Rally, a drive-thru fundraiser, which raised over $50,000 for The Little Bit Foundation and Gateway Resilience Fund. City Foundry STL also announced James Beard winner Chef Gerard Craft’s Niche Food Group as the culinary director of the food hall and public market in May, which has reignited several conversations with new food hall tenants.
Asset Manager Will Smith explains, “City Foundry STL will be an inclusive place for our community – a place where you want to meet up with friends or visit on a trip to St. Louis. It will be a place where you can discover new experiences and food. With COVID-19 cases spiking across the country right now, that’s simply not possible.”
Chef Craft explains, “We want to do this right, and as a foodservice operator myself, we appreciate the City Foundry STL team’s prioritization of the health of not only our guests, but the food hall tenants’ teams.” Niche Food Group is actively assisting with crafting the tenant mix and will also manage at least one or two concepts within the City Foundry STL public market space. With COVID-19, business models of restaurants and industry-adjacent businesses have changed dramatically. The collective City Foundry STL team sees the future of the public market as an opportunity to give local chefs, restaurateurs, makers, artisans, and more a platform to rebuild.