Jeff Rainford, my chief of staff, has taken to calling downtown's Cupples warehouses - a complex of historic buildings being dramatically returned to life as hotels, restaurants, bars, residences, and offices - "the real Ballpark Village." That bit of tongue-in-cheekery points to a reality: the once crumbling, nearly vacant Cupples buildings, adjacent to new Busch Stadium, are looking pretty good these days.
This week, Osborn & Barr, the country's largest agricultural marketing firm, announced that it will move its headquarters downtown to Cupples Building 9, from Clayton. The announcement ends the firm's year-long, region-wide search for new space and will bring O&B's jobs into the City
Developer Kevin McGowan said that O&B's decision was the final piece needed to redevelop Building 9. According to Kevin, "the first floor will feature a new restaurant and O&B will occupy the second and third floors. Additionally, another prominent advertising agency, Adamson, is leasing a portion of the fourth floor." Kevin also said that the remaining floors will be developed into "54 residential lofts, with 28 perspective buyers already placing deposits down in preparation for the pre-sale."
A lot of people worked hard to bring these 200 jobs here. I congratulate them - and welcome O&B to the City.