ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The developer who has added apartments to Laclede's Landing is teaming up with another developer on an ambitious plan to continue remaking the historic neighborhood and expand it into the North Riverfront.
Bouyed by the success of his Peper Lofts on 1st St., Brian Minges and his partner David Messner are closing on two properties on the Landing and have contracts on five more. They're also eyeing property north of Lumiere Place Casino. Messner says their New Legacy Development Partnership is planning to transform the area between the Eads Bridge and the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.
"By the time we get done with this whole project area ... we really want to see 3,500 to 5,000 residents here on the riverfront and have a really vibrant mixed-use community where people can, I hate the saying, but where they can live, work and play."
Part of that community will be a coffee shop bearing the historic Old Judge name. Messner says they have purchased the intellectual rights to Old Judge and will revive the brand there.
Messner knows that's an ambitious plan. He has a message for those doubting whether it can be done.
"We're going to show you. We're going to show you in five years. We're going to do it. We're not going to try to hit an out-of-the-park grand slam home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the series. This is a practical project that can be done, can be built and we believe it will be."