The 10 acre parking lot formerly owned by Bi-State Development Agency at 3801 Park Avenue has been in a state of disarray for a number of years.It would be fair to call it a hideous eyesore, with cracked concrete and weeds everywhere. Considering the lot’s proximity to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and various larger businesses, the condition of this lot has always seemed out of place and a real detriment to the area. It looks like Cardinal Glennon must have agreed, as they just purchased the site for $3.3 million in August.
Since acquiring the property, the entryway has been rebuilt and a small section of the lot has been repaved. The land entire is bordered by 39th on the West, Vista on the North, South Spring on the East, and Park on the South. The area seeing this new work is the section that borders the Park side of the lot. New signage seems to indicate that this area is being set aside for parking for Cardinal Glennon employees.
The thing is, this area only covers out 10% of the entire site. One would doubt the hospital would spend so much for a few extra parking spots that are really pretty far from the main hospital. Did they just buy the lot to stabilize their surroundings or are there plans to build something there? At this point it is anyone’s guess, but there are currently a few other buildings on the Cardinal Glennon campus that are currently seeing construction, lending one the question whether this lot is being saved for the next phase of this development. Even if that is not the case, I’m sure the entire area will soon be cleaned up. Considering the fact that it is probably the single biggest eyesore in the entire neighborhood of Tiffany, anything will be better than the status quo. Check out the pictures below for a look at the current state of the lot. Note that the mural shown in the pictures is located on the 39th side of the lot.