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KWMU to Grand Center

As an UMSL (University of Missouri – St. Louis for those not into acronyms) alumni, I have had plenty of exposure to St. Louis’ local NPR affiliate, KWMU. I always found it somewhat cool, yet somewhat odd that the station was based out of the campus. Especially the fact that it is run out of the basement in Lucas Hall. But all that’s about to change.

In a rather surprising turn, KWMU has announced that they will be moving their broadcast facilities to Grand Center in Midtown. This had been rumored for months, but just recently was verified. Their new $12 million, 27,000 sq ft home will be located at 3651 Olive Street. Apparently the space will also be used as  UMSL academic facilities to give the university a presence in the area. Something which other schools such as Webster and Lindenwood, and of course SLU and WashU have already done. The facility will be near the planned new home KETC (Channel 9) at 3655 Olive St.

At this point, approximately half of the funds needed for the project are in place. The rest will need to be raised from donations and other sources. No word yet on a construction date, but I assume everything will dependent on their ability to raise funds. For more on the move, here is a good UMSL internal document on the matter.

With more and more art, entertainment and educational institutions putting up shop in the area, Grand Center looks to be an increasing attractive area. Hopefully projects like the Art House will find success with these and other neighboring development.

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Matt Kastner

Matt Kastner is an Investment Real Estate Consultant at St. Louis Real Estate Society in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also develops properties on the side through Threshold Properties. When he isn’t representing investors in the purchase or sale of multifamily properties, rehabs, foreclosures and other income producing properties, he is often taking on rehab projects himself. He lives in South St. Louis and has been in the real estate business since 2004.

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5 thoughts on “KWMU to Grand Center”

  • Lisette Dennis

    December 31, 2008 at 3:34 am

    As an UMSL (University of Missouri – St. Louis for those not into acronyms) alumni, I have had plenty of exposure to St. Louis’ local NPR affiliate, KWMU.

    Matt Kastner you are an alumnus not an alumni of UMSL. Alumni is the plural and not the singular version.

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    • Matt Kastner

      December 31, 2008 at 9:06 am

      Too true. Not a word I use often, but I have made that mistake before. My apologies.

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    • Fred Fehr

      January 4, 2009 at 11:18 pm

      I find it hard to believe that someone was actually awake after 3:00am on this bloq checking grammar.

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      • Matt Kastner

        January 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

        I find it hard to believe that someone is criticizing a person checking grammar at 11pm Mr. Fehr.

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  • Camera Obscura

    January 6, 2009 at 8:55 am

    In KC, StL, Rolla, and Columbia (IOW, wherever there’s a UM campus) the NPR station for that area is associated with the campus. I knew about UMSL and MS&T, and quite easily Googled the other two.

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