MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – A major development project is set to transform Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights for years to come.
Holiday lights are already up at Westport Plaza. There are lots of pieces to the massive project. From a famous baseball company relocating there to new restaurants and luxury apartments, this area is going to have a much different look and feel in the future.
One of the key parts of the project involves an iconic St. Louis company synonymous with baseball and Major League Baseball’s Gold Glove Awards. Rawlings, which has called St. Louis home since 1887, is moving its headquarters from Town and Country to Westport Plaza.
Organizers shared some renderings with FOX 2 of the planned Westport Plaza transformation and the Rawlings site.
Officials are hoping to put a large Gold Glove on top of the tower. Rawlings also wants to create a real baseball fan experience at its new campus.
“It’s centrally located, it’s close to the airport which is fantastic when we bring our partners like Major League Baseball, NCAA, pro players and the amenities,” said Eric Reinsfelder, the Vice President of Brand and Sports Marketing for Rawlings.
FOX 2 was told the coveted Rawlings Gold Glove Awards will be showcased in what will be called “The Glove Vault.” Commemorative baseballs marking MLB milestones will be on display. It was also shared that people will also be able to order custom gloves and bats.
“St. Louis is a baseball town, Rawlings is a baseball company. It’s an opportunity to come into our ‘Glove Vault,’ which is one of the concepts we’re developing out where you can design your own custom glove. You can look around and see all the Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners since 1957,” said Reinsfelder.
The massive project has other aspects as well. 360 West, an indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar similar to the original 360 Downtown, will open at the top of the iconic Gold Tower. 360 West will serve lunch and dinner with views of St. Louis County. That is set to open in December of next year.
Soda Fountain Express is coming there as well. The retro-style diner will serve traditional foods and shakes. The original Soda Fountain is at Union Station. The new location there will open next June.
Lastly, Westport’s first residential community is slated to open in January 2025. It’s called The Porter and will offer 255 one and two bedroom luxury apartment homes.
“Here it’s live, work and play. With the apartments, people are going to be living here that hasn’t happened before. Adding new retail with office workers, so if they’re in here they are going to utilize the rooftop bar, and it’s going to be great for us,” said Steve O’Loughlin, the President of LHM, the company which owns Westport Plaza.
The total cost of the project is being put somewhere between $142 and 145 million.