Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)By Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – IKEA, tech innovation labs, offices for BJC, classrooms for Washington Universitythere’s a lot happening at the CORTEX research park in Midtown.

And there’s more on the way.

CORTEX is seeking a developer to build a residential mid-rise building next to the IKEA site and the grain tower that’s next to Interstate 64.

CORTEX president and CEO Dennis Lower says those moving to St. Louis for these science and tech jobs are looking for access to public transportation.

Sen. Claire McCaskill wants to help on that end. She’s helping to find federal funding for a new MetroLink stop on the line that passes by CORTEX.

“This isn’t like we’re asking the federal government to build something from scratch,” she says. “We’re asking them to do a small piece to augment a major private and public investment that has already occurred. And that’s the kind of investment we should be making with tax dollars.”

Lower tells KMOX that they’ll have an announcement this week and another next week, which could mean more jobs.

The Brookings Institution recently compared CORTEX to innovation hubs in Boston, Philadelphia and Raleigh-Durham.

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