Business Center Expansion Could Boost Job Creation in Wellston

By on July 10, 2018

From St. Louis Public Radio:  The expansion of a center to help launch businesses is aimed at sparking an economic rebound in a north St. Louis County community. A ribbon cutting is set for Monday at the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership business center in Wellston.

The $2.5 million in space essentially doubles the size of the center, which originally opened in 2005 at an old Wagner Electric Co. site. The company used it for carpentry work and a storage lot. Wagner shutdown in the early 1980s and the property was vacant until the Partnership started work on what is also known as the St. Louis Enterprise Center-Wellston.

The expansion could be vital for job creation in a community that has fallen on tough times.

“The Wellston community had an incredible, thriving business district really at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Kienlen,” said St. Louis Economic Development Partnership Vice President Ginger Imster, adding it’s among the communities to have experienced a historic level of disinvestment.

“There hasn’t been that commercial development in the area of the scale that the neighborhood really needs and the leaders and residents want.”

Imster hopes the expansion changes that mindset and attracts private investors to develop more business and commercial property in the area.

The center’s growth is a response to increased demand. Entrepreneurs in the area needed more space so they could remain in Wellston.

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