Union Station amusement park nearing a reality

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ST. LOUIS - Construction on a $60 million Union Station amusement park with retail and restaurants could begin this spring.

A 200-foot Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and other rides are planned. It would be ‘Phase 2’ of the development. But the developer needs the St. Louis Board of Aldermen to approve $18.5 million in tax increment financing (TIF).

The redevelopment project consists of the portion of Union Station not already being redeveloped as part of the $50 million hotel renovation.

Phase 2 would be completed in 2016. It’s expected to create approximately 350 new, full-time jobs and is projected to draw at least a million visitors a year.

Otis Williams, executive director of the St. Louis Development Corporation, sits down with John Pertzborn to discuss additional details.