Hub for Growing Manufacturers Planned for Fox Park Warehouse

By on January 11, 2017

From nextSTL:  Two St. Louis not-for-profits have joined forces to fill a niche in the region’s business ecosystem by transforming a historic industrial building into a center for growing manufacturers. In the process, they’re creating the first facility of its kind in the country.

Brick City Makes: The Hub for Growing Manufacturers will combine the character of a historic, urban industrial building with modern-day systems and business development support. Plans include renovating a six-level, 87,000-square-foot manufacturing building located at 2528 Texas Ave. (Google Maps) in south St. Louis, creating production space for small to mid-sized manufacturers. Brick City Makes will also offer business development support services and a collaborative environment to help these companies thrive. Unlike other similar business development entities, the $11 million Brick City Makes will be privately owned.

The not-for-profits behind Brick City Makes are DeSales Community Development, one of St. Louis’ oldest and most accomplished community development organizations, and St. Louis Makes, an entrepreneurial support organization focused on the manufacturing sector. DeSales purchased the building in October. This is the largest commercial development to date for DeSales, whose 40-year history has been mostly focused on housing development and property management.

“We believe that renovating this historic building into a 21st-century facility that provides employment opportunities is a natural extension of our residential development work,” said Tom Pickel, DeSales Community Development executive director. “The support services we will offer through our partnership with St. Louis Makes will create a truly unique property.”

St. Louis Makes will house its offices at the building and provide services, programming, and special events at Brick City Makes. The organization promotes best practices in product management, new product innovation and business development for manufacturing companies.

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