NorthPark Business Park
Cities of Ferguson, Berkeley and Kinloch, MO
Changes in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations in the 1970’s resulted in the buy-out and relocation of hundreds of residents due to new federally mandated guidelines regarding allowable noise levels for people living adjacent to airports.
Located next to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and within three municipalities, 550 acres consisting of mostly vacant land, once occupied by residential properties bought out by FAA, was identified as an under-utilized resource that could create new employment opportunities for residents in the St. Louis region. The location of the property in three different municipalities resulted in numerous fragmented and differing approaches to redevelopment.
Working with representatives of the municipalities, Lambert Airport, the State of Missouri, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and FAA, an intergovernmental agreement was developed and approved that allowed for the development of the land as a single business park. The new structure governing the property attracted a consortium of private developers to redevelop the site as a business/industrial park in a comprehensive unified manner that maximized its economic and community impact.
The area known as NorthPark is now home to the headquarters of Express Scripts, its Technology and Innovation Center and Data Center, Vatterott College, a Hilton Garden Inn, a multi-tenant commerce center, an SKF manufacturing facility and a distribution center for Schnucks Markets. To date, over 9,000 jobs have been created with a total investment of over $550 million.