City's Newest District Named Prospect Yards
The polls have closed, the results are in and the name of St. Louis’s newest district
is “Prospect Yards.”
The name reflects the area’s early 20th century roots, when the area west of Grand was known as the “Prospect Industrial
District,” one of 17 industrial districts in the city and home to an extensive rail
yard and many businesses.
From March 1-12, members of the Saint Louis University family, SSM Health employees
and those in the community cast about 6,000 votes to name the half-mile area in Midtown.
Prospect Yards received the most top votes.
The 150-acre Prospect Yards connects Saint Louis University’s north and south campuses
and is bordered by Laclede Avenue, Chouteau Avenue, Grand Boulevard and Vandeventer
and Spring avenues. The district lies within Midtown in much the same way that Cortex
is part of the Central West End and the Loop is part of University City. Prospect
Yards includes projects underway such as construction of the City Foundry STL and
Element by Westin Hotel and redevelopment of the Armory building.
The umbrella developer for the larger, 400-acre area is St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation, which is owned by Saint Louis University and SSM Health.
“We thank everyone who participated in the poll,” said Brooks Goedeker, executive
director for St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation. “In addition to votes on
the four names we proposed, we received many write-in suggestions, some playing on
the ‘Prospect’ theme that was ultimately chosen.”
Prospect Yards will become an important part of the area’s identity, and will be incorporated
into a logo, signage and web presence. Follow Prospect Yards today on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation: St. Louis Midtown Redevelopment Corporation is a Chapter 353 redevelopment corporation
that encourages and supports quality new development in the area surrounding Saint
Louis University and SSM Health's facilities in Midtown St. Louis.
About Saint Louis University: Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious
Catholic institutions. Rooted in Jesuit values and its pioneering history as the first
university west of the Mississippi River, SLU offers nearly 13,000 students a rigorous,
transformative education of the whole person. At the core of the University’s diverse
community of scholars is SLU’s service-focused mission, which challenges and prepares
students to make the world a better, more just place. For more information, visit
About SSM Health: SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive
health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated
health care delivery system. The organization’s more than 40,000 employees and 10,000
providers are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing
God’s healing presence to everyone they serve.
With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health
includes 24 hospitals, more than 300 physician offices and other outpatient care sites,
10 post-acute facilities, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a pharmacy
benefit company, and a health insurance company. It is one of the largest employers
in every community it serves.