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Lambert-St. Louis International's terminals continue to be upgraded. More new concessions are on the way on top of the new retail and restaurants recently added.
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Lambert to Open New Hudson Stores This Week
Posted @ 1/30/2013 2:31 PM By Jeff Lea



The retail shopping scene at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will get a dramatic makeover beginning this week. HG-St. Louis JV, a joint venture of premier travel retailer Hudson Group, will formally begin its 10-year contract with Lambert on February 1 for the Airport’s news, gift and specialty retail concessions. Hudson will reopen a majority of the existing retail locations currently operated by The Paradies Shops. Over the next five months, Hudson will build out 13 locations featuring top national brands and exclusive local concepts as well.

During the 5-month build-out, Hudson will operate some temporary store units which will feature core news and gift merchandise offered through its flagship Hudson store. Hudson will offer its full mix of merchandise once it opens all of its new stores by late June 2013. Here is the current store lineup for Lambert:



Terminal 1: Hudson

A Concourse: Hudson, Maxiga & Spectacles

C Concourse: Hudson, Bliss, Ebony News, Spectacles, Natalie’s Candy Jar and Eddie Bauer

E Concourse: Kids Works, Spectacles, Hudson, St. Louis Sports, Natalie’s Candy Jar and Discover St. Louis.



HG-St. Louis JV is a joint venture comprised of Hudson Group (HG) Retail, LLC; Final Phase Marketing, Inc., based in St. Louis; OHM Concession Group, LLC of St. Ann, Missouri; and Newburns Management Group, LLC. Final Phase Marketing, OHM Concession Group and Newburns Management Group are certified ACDBE companies. The agreement, which also carries a three-year option, guarantees Lambert a minimum of $13 million in the first three years of the contract and $41 million over the full term of the contract. The company will employ more than 100 people. More than 90 employees are current retail employees of The Paradies Shops.
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Modern Streetcars could return to St. Louis' Central Corridor. Downtown boosters plan for a 7-mile line.
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Streetcars could ride rails from downtown to Central West End
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
4 hours ago • By Tim Bryant


A University line car jumped the tracks at a switch at Broadway and Olive Street downtown on Sept. 26, 1946. No one in the car or on the street was injured. Post-Dispatch. file photo Check out how the intersection looks now.

Downtown St. Louis boosters envision the construction of a seven-mile streetcar system as a catalyst for economic development between downtown and the Central West End.

Maggie Campbell, president of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis, said Monday that a combination of federal funds and a new tax on property near the lines could fund the project. Cost estimates are $219 million for tracks and overhead electric lines to power modern streetcars or $270 million to add more elaborate streetscapes along the routes.

Supporters project the system could produce around $540 million in economic development along its two proposed lines over its first five years of operation. They offered no details on how they determined that figure.

The idea for the project resulted from St. Louis University's decision, announced last year, to move its law school from midtown to downtown, Campbell told the Post-Dispatch editorial board. SLU's initial plan to run shuttle buses between the new law school on Tucker Boulevard and its midtown campus quickly turned to discussion of streetcars instead, she said.
URS Corp. has done a $200,000 streetcar feasibility study that was paid for by the downtown partnership. The public will get its first detailed look at the proposal at a presentation to be held at 4 p.m., March 7, at the Moto Museum, 3441 Olive Street.

Property owners near the lines would have to approve any proposed tax increase. Supporters also hope that SLU and other nonprofits will contribute to the project.

Renee Ducker, a transit planner for URS, told the Post-Dispatch editorial board that the study projects 7,700 daily riders, although much of that ridership would likely come from existing bus service.

“We do feel there would be some shifting of riders to our system,” she said.
Although slower than MetroLink trains, the streetcars' 10-minute frequency of service and numerous stops would provide the connectivity needed to promote commercial and residential development, Ducker said.

The earliest the streetcars could be in operation is 2016. Proposed are two lines with 50-passenger streetcars that, like their St. Louis predecessors of decades ago, would mingle with regular traffic along most of their routes. The city's streetcar service was ended in 1966.

One line would loop on a single track through the middle of downtown to Kiener Plaza. West of 14th Street, the line would use two sets of tracks along Olive Street and Lindell Boulevard through Grand Center to Taylor Avenue and the Central West End MetroLink station. An alternative is a single-track loop on Euclid Avenue and Forest Park Avenue.

A second line would run between MetroLink's Civic Center station and St. Louis Avenue along 14th Street and North Florissant Avenue.

Unless later expanded, the downtown streetcar line would not connect to the Loop Trolley, the two-mile rail line designed to run between the Delmar Loop and Forest Park. Construction could begin soon on the $43 million Delmar trolley, financed largely by a nearly $25 million federal grant initially approved in 2010.
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Downtown streetcar project advanced
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Reporter- St. Louis Business Journal

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis has proposed a seven-mile streetcar system between downtown and the Central West End, which could cost millions.

In June 2012, the Partnership issued a request for proposals for a “feasibility study for connecting the areas of Downtown, Midtown, Central West End and Skinker-DeBaliviere in the City of St. Louis.”

The estimated costs of the project are $219 million for tracks and overhead electric lines or $270 million to add more elaborate streetscapes along the routes, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Partnership is holding a public meeting regarding the streetcar proposal starting at 4 p.m. on March 7 at the Moto Museum at 3441 Olive St.

In its RFQ, the partnership adds that a streetcar between downtown and the Central West End would help link downtown with other major areas, especially given steam behind the Loop Trolley project.

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I really hope this streetcar happens. From a transportation standpoint it sounds like a great idea, and because the city has good bones along the route, I really do think new investment and development would follow.
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Cool. It would be great to have the west terminus of the streetcar at a transfer to Metrolink. This would really improve access to SLU and Grand Center.
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I can imagine some nice office and residential infills going up along the short 2.2-mile line. Square Inc. has a small office on Delmar in The Loop so hopefully Square, Inc. will expand its presence in The Loop once this project is finished.

St. Louis Laying Tracks for Cutting-Edge Tech Infrastructure
CBS St. Louis
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February 19, 2013 9:33 AM



UNIVERSITY CITY (KMOX) - The planned Loop Trolley isn’t just a throwback to St. Louis’ streetcar roots. It’s also a reach into the future, positioning St. Louis with what backers dub a “Gigabit Main Street.”

It would put St. Louis in an elite sphere of cities offering Internet via fiber optic cable, averaging about a hundred times faster than the speeds we’re used to and, in some upload cases, a thousand times as fast.

David Sandel, president of Sandel & Associates, confirms that engineering has taken place to include a duct system for fiber optic cable underneath the Loop Trolley’s tracks. Installation will be included in the request for bids on the trolley’s construction.

KMOX News first reported on the “Loop Media Hub” almost one year ago, when it was just a mere concept.

In Bristol, Connecticut, the Wall Street Journal reports that the promise of gigabit Internet speeds directly resulted in hundreds of job commitments from the likes of Northrop Grumman and DirecTV.

Sandel said the St. Louis aim is to build more of a community of innovation, and the Loop coalition is currently talking with venture capital firms and investment groups. They’re interested — not just in the infrastructure — but in the creative atmosphere on what’s been dubbed one of the ten best streets in America.

Gigabit’s initial allure is with high-def video conferencing, Sandel explained. “But then, on the backside of this, we’re going to see other types of big data applications arrive that will be very exciting.”

While Kansas City is envied for winning last year’s national contest to have Google build-out a fiber network spanning hundreds of square miles, backers of the Loop effort say the St. Louis plan is more sensible and sustainable. Local construction costs will come in 80% cheaper than Kansas City’s, Sandel said, mostly because the street is going to be torn up anyways.

Instead of attempting to lay fiber cable to each and every home and business, as Kansas City is doing, he said the practical approach is to choose, say, five neighborhoods and take advantage of circumstances to get them wired up. For example, he points to downtown’s data center boom and proposal for a streetcar.

He said: “If we were to work with the downtown partnership and combine this model that we’ve developed in the Loop .. with the data center capability downtown and the multiple power grids, and then associate national and international partnerships in the development of this, we could really put St. Louis on the radar screen as a community that’s moving into this next generation.”

The planned price point for the service is $70 a month, the same as Google. The “Media Hub” group is still interviewing service providers and nailing down other logistical details, including, for example, how best to give Washington University access to the service.

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Making Global Local -- St. Louis Aiming to be Gateway of Opportunity
In 2011, Missouri's trade with China grew 18%.
Adrienne Selko
Jan. 22, 2013

A successful strategic plan often calls for determining areas of strength and building upon it. That’s exactly what St. Louis is doing based on the state’s strong record of trade with China. The growth in 2011 was valued at $1.2 billion.

A successful strategic plan often calls for determining areas of strength and building upon it. That’s exactly what St. Louis is doing based on the state’s strong record of trade with China.

In 2011, Missouri's trade with China grew 18%. In 2010 growth was even stronger increasing 44%.

The growth in 2011 was valued at $1.2 billion, with copper scrap, fan parts, lead ores, aluminum scrap, and semiconductor devices among China’s most demanded Missouri commodities.

Exports translate directly into jobs. Since 2010, 21% percent of Missouri’s total employment, or 774,300 jobs can be tied to trade-supported jobs.

Part of the job growth was brought about due to programs and initiatives created by the World Trade Center of St. Louis. This group is focusing on ways to keep the momentum going.

“By offering to become a freight hub for China, St. Louis is positioning itself as a spot for international activity,” explained Tim Nowak, executive director for the World Trade Center of St. Louis. “The Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is set to become a Midwest hub for trade, increasing the $1 billion in goods that Missouri exports to China annually.”

Steps to ensure success include a national partnership with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. St. Louis was selected to be involved in the Making Global Local initiative. This partnership will enable targeted reverse trade missions to St. Louis, connecting interested local companies with foreign buyers.

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“We are working with World Trade Center and its Asia Trade Desk to position St. Louis for further business opportunities in Asia through specialized training and high‐level trade missions.” said Denny Coleman, CEO of the St. Louis County Economic Council.

A recent trade mission occurred last November in Hangzhou, when more than a dozen businesses and two universities participated in the 5th U.S.-China Transportation Forum, held jointly by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Chinese Ministry of Transport.

Also last year executives from Boeing, Monsanto, Emerson, Innoventor and Nestle Purina PetCare completed a trade mission to Indonesia.

Specialized training is taking the form of a new online Chancellor’s Certificate in International Trade that is being offered through the University of Missouri.

The certificate is a six-month online training program, providing participants with the opportunity to learn practical aspects of international business from experienced industry professionals.

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Here's a video about St. Louis-China air cargo hubs initiatives. Both St. Louis airports (Lambert and MidAmerica) are vying for international air cargo - especially from China.

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Partnership with China airport solidifies MidAmerica's Asia cargo trade


File photo of MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah on May 2, 2001. Photo by Odell Mitchell Jr.

October 04, 2012 5:39 pm • BY MARLON A. WALKER

MidAmerica St. Louis Airport Director Tim Cantwell has announced a partnership with a Chinese airport establishing a trade route connecting air cargo from Asia to the Americas.

Cantwell and an official from Ningbo Lishe International Airport in China announced the partnership at the International Air Cargo Association's annual Air Cargo Forum in Atlanta on Wednesday. The deal has been kept under wraps since January, officials said.

The cooperation will allow MidAmerica tenant North Bay Produce to ship products between Asia and North America, part of the company's growth plan over the coming years.

The Ningbo Lishe International Airport is just southwest of Ningbo City in China's Zhiezhang Province.

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Video: Mid-America Airport Sets Up Trade Route With China


Ningbo Lishe Airport in China

SCOTT AFB, IL (KTVI) – Mid America airport`s director used the International Air Cargo Association meeting in Atlanta Wednesday to announce a partnership with Ningbo Lishe Airport in China.

The idea is to establish a trade route. What that means is starting sometime around the first of the year flights from China will come to Mid-America airport to pick up cargo shipped in by other flights from South America. Thus creating a trade route the Chinese need mostly to bring them fresh produce.

It`s expected to start with one flight a week and build from there. This gives Mid-America a new source of revenue from landing fees and refueling. Plus, potential jobs for cargo companies that would set up shop at the airport. County board chairman Mark Kern says this will not be a silver bullet.

“I think the potential is strong, we are building a trade route, it is not as easy as saying we are going to attract and airline. What we are doing is connecting up buyers and sellers from across the world and we are centering them here at mid America airport.” said Mark Kern.
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Panel suggests tentative location for CORTEX MetroLink station

The best location for a new MetroLink station planned at the CORTEX biotech and medical research district in Midtown is between Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street, according to an Urban Land Institute St. Louis technical assistance panel, which is preparing a report for the private nonprofit Citizens for Modern Transit.

The report will make a recommendation as to where a new MetroLink station should be located, what kind of parking amenities the CORTEX district will need to support a new station and what kind of incentives are available to finance planning and construction.

CORTEX is in the middle of a $186 million second phase of development, which includes the construction of a $45 million office building for BJC Healthcare and other major infrastructure improvements. A new MetroLink station would create a direct link to MetroLink stations at BJC and Washington University medical campuses to the west and Saint Louis University to the east.

The Urban Land Institutes’s Laura Radcliff, who is a senior vice president of public finance at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., said the final report should be ready by Aug. 8.

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Lambert’s May passenger totals rise 3 percent



Last month, 1.26 million passengers traveled through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, up 3.2 percent from May 2012, according to airport officials.

In April, total passengers, including both arriving and departing, were up 2.1 percent to 1.05 million compared with April 2012.

Year to date, total passengers at Lambert are up 1.3 percent, compared to the same period last year.

Lambert currently serves 11 airlines, which operate 258 daily non-stop flights to 63 destinations.

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FTA gives nod to St. Louis Loop Trolley
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Plans for heritage trolley service in St. Louis' Delmar Loop, dogged by lawsuits and delays throughout 2013, have been given preliminary approval by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

And the purchase of two GOMACO-built vintage trolleys this month from Portland's TriMet for $80,000 gives the project equipment to begin such service following construction, now tentatively set to begin next year.

"It is apparent that significant progress has been made in addressing the project management deficiencies that heretofore hampered the project's delivery," FTA Region 7 Administrator Mokhtee Ahmad wrote to project organizers Dec. 16, 2013.

The Loop Trolley route would include nine stations, connecting with two Metrolink light rail transit (LRT) stops at Forest Park and Delmar Loop stations.

FTA earlier this year had expressed concerns that backers of the proposed 2.2-mile line had failed to make enough progress on the project, placing $22.1 million out of roughly $25 million in federal funds at risk. The addition of Metro engineering staff "dramatically improved project management generally," Ahmad wrote.

Project supporters last fall met an FTA deadline to submit required documentation for the project.

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Kwame shares in design recognition
Thursday, January 23, 2014 6:00 pm
By St. Louis American staff


Main Terminal, St. Louis-Lambert International

The renovation of the Terminal 1 vault at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has received a 2013 AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award Honor Award – Divine Detail.

Kwame Building Group is the project manager for the $70 million Airport Experience Program, the largest renovation in the history of the airport. The Kwame project management team recommended several key solutions to implement the new lighting scheme, which was designed by Randy Burkett Lighting Design.

The renovation of the concrete vaults and skylights in Terminal 1 was part of Phase I of the Airport Experience Program, now complete.

When the renovation began, the triangulated skylights separating the four vaults in the terminal were concealed by acrylic ceilings laid flush with the vault surface. The renovation design called for replacing fluorescent lighting inside the skylights with LED to reduce energy and maintenance costs.

The Kwame project management team recommended opening up the vaults to dramatize the skylights, a feature that was evident in the original mid-century design (1956) by Minoru Yamasaki. Kwame also suggested a film that would allow the LED light to appear on both sides of the glass, accentuating the natural arches of the vault both inside and outside the terminal. When viewed from a distance, the LED lighting washes the terminal with dramatic color.

“The Lambert Terminal 1 renovation is a great example of how a project management team can bring construction solutions to the table to achieve design goals,” said Mike Minges, vice president of Kwame.

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