by Steve Giegerich and Jacob Barker, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Of the six proposals, those submitted by Texas-based Hat Trick Consultants and California-based Panattoni Development offer the most particulars.
Hat Trick in its submission told Maryland Heights of plans to build a multi-purpose, 6,200-seat Lake District arena.
The facility — constructed primarily to accommodate youth and adult amateur hockey — would include a business park, hotel and stores.
Hat Trick predicts the development will host 125 events a year and have a “direct economic impact” of $19 million annually.
by Alex Ihnen, nextSTL.com
The City’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the development area to be a mixed use destination featuring 30% open and green space along with regional retail, an office campus, hospitality and entertainment venues, regional sport venues and residential developments.
Hat Trick Consultants proposes a mid-size multipurpose Event Center with approximately 6,200 permanent seats (8,000 seats for non-ice events) designed after the former St. Louis Arena with a “Retro Arena" feel with the same amenities for standard similar venues of this size across the country.
by Rick Frese, Special to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Fenton city officials are considering a proposal for a hockey-themed sports and entertainment venue that would pay homage to the old St. Louis Arena on the site of the old Chrystler Plant.
St. Louis native Mike Barack, president of Texas-based Hat Trick Consultants, pitched the complex with distinctive Arena-style features including an electronic sign with a player slapping a puck, an oval roof and two towers. The idea, he said, would be to lure a minor-league team to play there.
The pitch for the now-vacant sitenear Interstate 44 was made Thursday night at a special meeting of the city's Board of Aldermen.
by Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The “Hockey Village” proposal that the Fenton Board of Aldermen heard Thursday night is totally incredible — in every possible way.
Hat Trick Consultants of Grapevine, Texas, wants to build a smaller version of Ballpark Village on the site of the abandoned Chrysler Plant off Interstate 44. The centerpiece would be a 6,200-seat miniature replica of the old St. Louis Arena on Oakland Avenue. It could host minor-league hockey and other ventures.
Hat Trick’s president, Mike Barack, grew up in St. Louis and has fond memories of the Arena, which was vacated in 1995 and razed four years later. He envisions bringing back the marquee, the oval roof, the parquet and arena circle seats. The arena’s trademark towers would house museums, one for cars, the other for hockey.
by Mugo Odigwe, News4
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- It's been lying empty for years but some are looking to put it to good use.
A proposal is in place to turn the old Chrysler plant in Fenton into a multi-purpose hockey arena. The proposed plan will come with a $45 million price tag.
Supporters of the project said it will bring jobs and a minor league hockey team into Fenton.
“I think it will be great for the city. There's a really good hockey fan base in St. Louis alone and Fenton seems like a nice area to be set up,” said Fenton resident Mark Sitek.
That's how some Fenton residents feel about the possibility of having a hockey arena that could also look similar to the “St. Louis Arena,” where the blues used to call home.