Lodging Hospitality Management, owner of St. Louis Union Station, has unveiled a video for its new St. Louis Aquarium project at Union Station. The video is voiced by actor and St. Louis native John Goodman.
The St. Louis Aquarium, which will cost $45 million, is expected to be completed in summer 2019. The aquarium is part of a $160 million family entertainment complex at Union Station.
The 125,000-square-foot project will be located in the former mall area within St. Louis Union Station. It will feature one-of-a-kind exhibits and tanks with 1.3 million gallons of water that will house thousands of aquatic species from the rivers and oceans of the world, LHM said.
St. Louis’ PGAV Destinations designed the aquarium. Once completed, Zooceanarium Group will be the operator of the aquarium.
LHM officials said construction of the aquarium project will create 500 jobs and, once operational, it will bring more than 100 permanent jobs to the area.
The aquarium will be funded in part by $18.5 million in tax increment financing, according to previous Business Journal reports. The rest of the cost will be funded with cash and through two local lenders, Enterprise Bank & Trust and Great Southern Bank.
Other components of the $160 million family entertainment complex include a 200-foot Ferris wheel, a Train Park and Fire & Light Show at the Lake. The Fire & Light Show opened in November 2016.
In addition, enhancements are continuing at the Union Station Hotel, which is adding 28 hotel rooms beneath the clock tower. Construction on the $6 million hotel room project started in September and will be completed in January. The hotel also completed 24,000 square feet of new meeting space, a $4.5 million project.
Lodging Hospitality Management is one of the largest private companies in the region with revenue of $286 million for 2016. It is led by Bob O’Loughlin, chairman and CEO, and Stephen O’Loughlin, president and COO.