By RITA DUCKWORTH
Bike riders using the Madison County Transit bike trail will soon be able to access restaurants and retail establishments directly from the trail.
Edwardsville Ironworks is a $5 million retail development under construction on Plum Street between Center Grove Road and Governors’ Parkway. Contegra Construction Co., LLC is responsible for its development, design/build, and construction.
“The location is unique in its access from the bike trail,” says Jim Mundy, project executive of Contegra. “We’re developing this retail center with the intent to promote the sense of community for people who use the trail.” An existing retail facility built by Contegra sits to the south with a running store and bike shop.
The site’s location near a wetlands area required additional consideration before construction could begin. Contegra made significant storm sewer improvements for wetlands mitigation.
The Ironworks project will consist of three new single-story buildings. Each will have multiple retail and restaurant tenants and outdoor amenities. Construction began on two buildings in June. The third will be developed as part of a second phase at a later date.
“There is a lot of interest from retailers,” says Mundy. The two buildings total 22,000 square feet, nearly half of which is already spoken for. “Sugarfire Barbecue will open in early 2019. Global Brew is relocating to Ironworks from downtown Edwardsville, and St. Louis-based Strange Donuts will open a location there.”
Contegra contracted Gray Design Group for the architecture, Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen for the civil engineering, and Alper Audi for structural engineering. The Ironworks theme is carried throughout the facility with brick and heavy structural steel components.
“The two buildings, connected by a courtyard, are ‘tilt-up’ construction with brick inlay that looks like a masonry façade,” explains Mundy. “The exterior is enhanced with a lot of exposed, structural steel to fit the Ironworks theme.
By RITA DUCKWORTH