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Development Continues in Cortex Innovation District Adjacent to MetroLink

The Cortex Innovation District, a 200-acre district which houses many of St. Louis’ technology, research, and development companies, will soon see the transformation of a historic building into office and lab space.

In 2019, Washington University purchased the Goodwill Building on Forest Park Avenue and Sarah Street. The school now has plans to build a 54,000 square foot addition to the building. In March 2024, an entity affiliated with Washington University was issued a $27 million building permit for the project by the City of St. Louis.

In a statement on May 2, Washington University spokeswoman Sue Killenberg McGinn clarified that the project is in the “predevelopment process” and that the design process and tenant search is ongoing.

The Cortex MetroLink Station was completed in 2018 and is the most recent station added to the MetroLink alignment. Located between the Central West End and Grand MetroLink Stations, it serves many of the employees commuting to work in the Cortex Innovation District. CMT and its partners spearheaded the feasibility study to bring this station to fruition.

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