Delmar Loop Developer: ‘The Trolley is Attracting People’

With word of the Riverfront Times leaving the Delmar Loop, its home since 1996, KMOX checked in with Loop developer and Blueberry Hill owner Joe Edwards to ask if the trolley project was a factor.

“Oh no, it’s quite the opposite. The trolley is attracting people,” he says.

Related story: Loop Trolley Project to Cost More Than Expected

Edwards says there are several projects that have occurred because of the trolley.

“Delmar and Hamilton, an $11.5 million project, the Gotham Building Apartments, and new three-story building construction. There’s proposed, and it’s about to happen, 13-story building that’s going to be built east of Skinker in the Delmar Loop area.”

He adds that web design company Integrity just announced plans to hire 100 more people, double their space above the Tivoli Theatre, and they signed a 10-year lease.

Some Loop business owners say traffic problems caused by construction are hurting them, and some businesses in the area have permanently closed their doors.

Edwards did say he has not been notified by the RFT of their departure for the Central West End, but says he wishes them well.

CBS NEWS © January 2016

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