There is a lot of open space for future industrial expansions. There is quite a lot of activity here with truckers everywhere and smoke rising out of factories. Workers are scurrying about....always a good thing. Several of the restaurants and bars seems well patronized. I get the sense that this neighborhood employs many, many people. I actually pine for the days where America made stuff. I mean not everyone wants or can go to college or trade school. We need factory and manufacturing jobs. I like the days when my Levi's, Dickie's and Chuck Taylor's were US made.
Procter and Gamble has one of the largest manufacturing facilities in Near North Riverfront and the GREAT news is they are planning to expand. Here's a story from the St. Louis Business Journal:
Procter & Gamble has spent $80 million upgrading its North St. Louis manufacturing plant over the past two years and is eyeing future expansion that could bring an additional $150 million investment over five years.
P&G has had preliminary talks with St. Louis officials for incentives to help offset equipment and facility upgrades at its 33-acre plant at 169 and 110 E. Grand, located just east of Interstate 70 and two blocks away from the Mississippi riverfront.
The global consumer products company has been upgrading several of its manufacturing lines at the Grand Avenue campus since the start of the year. It plans to break ground by November on a new 25,000 square foot administration building on the campus, which it has owned for nearly a century, said Plant Manager Frank Blumling; “The one we’re in now is 120 years old,”.
Details of the proposed expansion will be presented when the city’s Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority meets in July. At that time, the company will make a request for a bond issue for up to $150 million, according to city officials.
Here is what PandG looks like today:
This is a working part of the city with a large refuse division and MSD water treatment facility.
Near North Riverfront is also home to St. Louis' produce row, which is a pretty cool sight with it's old school loading bays for European, Chinese, Hispanic and all other kinds of fruits/veggies:
There is some residential property west of Broadway. And there are quite a few abandoned homes as well. Check out the peeled back roof on this one:
This could be a nice little housing area. And what a great place to live if you work at PandG or any of the other factories in Near North Riverfront:
Broadway is just an awesome street north of the Ram's football stadium. Here are some of the sites along B'way: