Rendering of the expansion at STLVentureWorks in Wellston.

The Wellston MetroLink Station is already home to thriving transit-oriented developments, including the Early Explorers Child Development Academy and STLVentureWorks, an enterprise center for small businesses and startups. It has also expanded the STLVentureWorks facility to provide more resources and space to small business ventures.

Spurred by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the expansion project will result in the addition of 9,000 square feet, six new offices, seven spaces for manufacturing equipment, two conference rooms and a coffee bar. The STLVentureWorks facility is part of five regional business incubators run by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. The expansion was designed by Atelier3Design, a business that was established in 2010 out of the STLVentureWorks facility.

With the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy and the Met Center training facility providing a foundation for the Wellston MetroLink Station, the nearby area has also seen an increased investment of public services and job training facilities. Additionally, Great Rivers Greenway is continuing work to expand the St. Vincent Greenway, a bike and pedestrian trail, which will run through the Wellston station area to connect Forest Park to UMSL and the North Hanley MetroLink Station.

These investments and developments show how connecting services, jobs and public transit can support accessibility and economic growth at Wellston and throughout the region.

“The Wellston MetroLink Station is a great example of how good transit connections can benefit job growth in the region. That station connects entrepreneurs to our innovation center at Wellston, which helps those entrepreneurs succeed and grow,” said Sheila Sweeney, CEO of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. “It also is beneficial for workers getting crucial job skills training at the MET Center. Those trainees can also access high-quality early childhood education at the Early Explorers Academy next to the station.”

Project Details:

  • Start Date: Spring 2017
  • Completion Date: Winter 2017
  • Project cost: $2.5 million
  • Project Partners: St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and STLVentureWorks Program
    • Expansion of the existing STLVentureWorks facility
    • 9,000 square feet, including six new offices, seven spaces for manufacturing equipment, two conference rooms, and a coffee bar

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