Officials representing the City of Hazelwood as well as other local dignitaries, including State Rep. Gretchen Bangert, Dist. 69, gathered to participate in a ground-breaking event on June 7 for Hazelwood TradePort (HTP). This new industrial business park, which is one of five in Hazelwood, is a 325-acre development tract with the potential to support up to 4 million square feet of new construction. Located just north of St. Louis Outlet Mall, all the buildings and roads will be elevated above the 500-year flood plain.
NorthPoint Development, based in Kansas City, Mo., is the developer. The ground-breaking event marked the first of two industrial buildings to be constructed. The first structure, featuring a ceiling height of 36 feet, is slated for completion in Fall 2018. Both facilities will total nearly 750,000 square feet. In all, NorthPoint plans to build eight industrial buildings. “The value of the abatement for all eight buildings may be about $55.5 million,” Hazelwood Economic Developer David Cox said.
The Hazelwood City Council played a key role by approving several resolutions that issued approximately $50 million in Chapter 100 industrial revenue bonds which will facilitate up to 18 years of tax abatement. This also includes tax exemption on construction materials.
Hazelwood used tax abatements and other development incentives for NorthPoint when it acquired Hazelwood Logistics Center (HLC) IN 2015. At the time, HLC was foreclosed on and in need of environmental clean-up. NorthPoint is credited with resurrecting HLC by completing nine large industrial buildings in three years. Its economic impact to the region consists of 1.9 million square feet of warehouse/office space, the creation of more than 1,817 jobs, and a capital investment of about $109 million.
Recently, the St. Louis Business Journal selected Hazelwood Logistics Center as a 2018 Building St. Louis Award recipient. It was chosen as one of three finalists for the Public/Private Project more than $10 million award category.
“The City of Hazelwood looks forward to continuing its successful partnership with NorthPoint. After receiving a 2018 Building St. Louis Award for Hazelwood Logistics Center, we’re eager once again to work with NorthPoint on another massive industrial park that will drive economic growth for the entire region,” Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson said.
NorthPoint estimates that HTP will produce over 3,000 jobs and approximately $240 million in capital investments. Over the years, the City of Hazelwood has earned the reputation as being the economic engine for the North St. Louis County area because of its strong industrial base. It is the home to several U.S. and foreign corporations, including three biotech firms — Covidien Healthcare, bioMerieux (France) and Aesculap (Germany). There are 14 Fortune 1000 companies operating in Hazelwood as well. The addition of HTP adds another cylinder in Hazelwood’s engine block to help fuel more growth in jobs and businesses operating in the North County area. This not only has a positive ripple effect on the whole St. Louis County region, but also it gives the state of Missouri more leverage to attract businesses in a highly competitive global marketplace.