Aquarium planned for Union Station in downtown St. Louis

Construction of a new 75,000-square-foot, $45 million aquarium at Union Station in downtown St. Louis will begin this fall, with plans to open in late 2018.

Officials of Lodging Hospitality Management, owner of the downtown landmark, will make a formal announcement of the project Tuesday.

Bob O’Loughlin, LHM’s chairman and chief executive, said Monday to a correspondor from that he believes the year-round aquarium will establish Union Station as a family attraction similar to Navy Pier in Chicago. He said the company is discussing the aquarium project with three operators and is near an agreement with one of them.

The aquarium, expected to get a million visitors annually, will have fish tanks containing a combined 1 million gallons of water and display thousands of aquatic species, LHM officials said.

The facility will employ marine biologists and aquarists to care for the creatures displayed and oversee water chemistry, animal nutrition, veterinary duties, education, staffing and safety.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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