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Edward J. Koplar

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Koplar Properties
50 Maryland Plaza # 300
Saint Louis , Missouri 63108
United States

Company Description: Koplar Properties, headquartered in downtown St. Louis, is a Koplar Communications International Company. Koplar Properties owns and develops properties with the...   more

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News | Maryland Plaza, 13 Oct 2014 [cached]
Ted Koplar has reached a deal with Levy Restaurants to bring a high-end destination restaurant to the Central West End.
"I have known Larry Levy since our days together at Ladue High School, and I know that working with the company that he founded, Levy Restaurants, will be an integral piece in making our vision for Maryland Plaza a reality, creating a place that is a destination," Ted Koplar said.
"Ted Koplar has come up with the Maryland Plaza refurbishment, which we think is just in a spectacular spot."
Koplar is overseeing a $20 million retail, office and entertainment redevelopment of Maryland Plaza, between Euclid and Kingshighway. St. Louis approved $3.8 million in tax increment financing for public improvements for the project.
When Koplar approached WET Design about a year and a half ago, he set two conditions for the new fountain: one, that it be more attraction than a landmark; and two, that it be pedestrian-friendly. The old fountain was not accessible to the public unless you crossed the street to get to it - and not too many folks did that.
"We had a fountain there," Koplar said.
Said Koplar: "When you come to the Central West End, it's going to be really special."
"Chase Park Plaza certainly has an emotional attachment," says Edward (Ted) J. Koplar, president and CEO of Koplar Properties. "But the whole idea of that neighborhood, knowing what it was and what it could be, was very intriguing."
Koplar has recently closed on the former Greenberg Van Doren Gallery Building and the Medical Arts Building, which line up neatly with the former Saks Building he inherited in the 1970s. The properties are located on the south side of Maryland Avenue, between Kingshighway Boulevard and York Street. Koplar envisions trendy, street-level retail in all three properties, topped with two stories of high-tech office space.
Before solidifying the $20 million redevelopment plans, Koplar visited similar developments in other cities. He discovered that developers and builders across the nation were trying to recreate the feel that already existed in the Central West End.
"The beauty about the Central West End is that we already have what they're trying to build," Koplar says. "It's just a matter of reshaping and recreating an ambience that was once there in the past. We've just got to bring it back again."
Edward (TED) J. Koplar, president and CEO,
Koplar Properties, in front of the former Saks Building
Sam Koplar, Ted Koplar's son, is vice president of business development for Koplar Properties.
"If this street is in its current condition, it's going to be awfully hard to (create the kind of conditions we need)," Ted Koplar says.
The street's trademark fountain will be torn down and replaced with a new, grander one, closer to the sidewalk. The uneven and virtually undrivable cobblestones of the street will be replaced by colored granite pavers.
"This is going to be a community street," Koplar continues. "There will be somebody who is totally devoted to promotions and happenings. Whether we bring in choral groups, or ice carving championships, street entertainment...there will always be something happening."
Koplar has attempted to develop the property for years, but was held back by a dearth of parking.
Koplar also has his sights set on developing housing in the neighborhood, as well. Phase II of his plan involves the properties on the west side of York Street-which he has already purchased. Additionally, he recently reacquired the Lindell Boulevard building in which his former television station, KPLR-TV (Channel 11), was located, along with the apartment building next door.
The new Maryland Plaza will change that, Koplar thinks, and he says people from the entire region will take note.
"We hope it will be a destination," he says.
Board of Directors | Nine Network |, 24 April 2015 [cached]
Edward Koplar President & CEO Koplar Communications International
About – VEIL interactive, 18 Feb 2015 [cached]
VEIL Interactive Technologies got its start in the imagination of its founder, Edward J. "Ted" Koplar, in 1985, with the vision to create an entirely new experience to watch television. With his background in broadcasting, Koplar was inspired by Nolan Bushnell, best known for the Atari video game system, who used audio-based technology to develop optical-based interactive capabilities.
In 1987, Koplar commissioned Interactive Systems, Inc. (ISI) of Beaverton, Oregon to develop a way to communicate additional information through the television's video signal. VEIL, (Video Encoded Invisible Light), was invented as a result of this pursuit.
The cartoon dynasty known as Voltron: Defender of the Universe which was a creation of Ted's, hit the airwaves of his #1, privately held television station and eventually became a worldwide phenomenon.
PDAStreet: News: VEIL, X-traFun Develop Interactive Television SDIO Card, 7 June 2004 [cached]
These possibilities could result in significant new revenue opportunities for content providers," explains Edward J. Koplar, President and CEO of VEIL Interactive Technologies. Online Store, 7 June 2010 [cached]
"I am thrilled to partner with Classic Media as we introduce Voltron to a new generation of fans," said Ted Koplar, President, WEP. "Classic Media's exceptional brand management capability will play an integral role in the highly-anticipated relaunch of this classic property. Koplar continued, " Voltron's legacy of innovative and iconic toys is in great hands with Mattel, whose vision promises to re-imagine and re-invigorate Voltron toys like never before."
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