$165M Mixed Use Project, 200 Microsoft Jobs May Be Next For Cortex

By on May 30, 2016

From nextSTL:  According to a report from St. Louis Construction News and Review, Wexford Science & Technology will break ground this year on a $165M mixed-use project within the Cortex Innovation Community. Cortex is located in the city’s Central West End neighborhood and represents a collaborative effort between Washington University in St. Louis, BJC Healthcare, University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Wexford is by far the largest developer within the Cortex district.

The mixed-use project is shown across immediately north of the 4240 Duncan building. The site is east of the building under construction at 4260 Forest Park, which will be home to TechShop and AAIPharma Services Corp. (Alcami).

Among the new development planned is reportedly a parking garage, hotel, 250 apartments, and 40,000 sf of retail space. Images obtained by nextSTL show a slender 150-key hotel of about six stories adjacent to TechShop.

Sources tell nextSTL that the 4200 Duncan building is likely to home to 200 new Microsoft jobs as the company establishes a new innovation center at Cortex. The St. Louis Business Journal also reported today that Microsoft is likely to set up shop soon.

4260 Forest Park is a three-story, $24M building. Wexford also developed 4240 Duncan, a $73M project. At the U.S. Metals and Supply building site, demolished this past year and currently used for parking, Wexford is planning up to half a million square feet.

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