St. Louis Neighborhood Development Blog
A Catalog of St. Louis developments, large and small
Benton Park Home to See Rehab (2930 McNair)

A small home located at 2930 McNair in the Benton Park neighborhood that has been vacant for several years may soon see a $40,000 rehab by owner Michael Radmer. According to the Benton Park National Register of Historic Places nomination, the structure was built in 1888.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the home:


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UIC Offers Infill on Gibson in The Grove

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Developer UIC, best known for their Botanical Grove project including wine bar Olio, City Garden Montessori School, single family infill and new construction in McRee Town, has several sites available in The Grove. The following was recently posted on the company’s Facebook page:

A few months ago, we posted a survey on asking for feedback on what kind of house to build on a few lots that we are developing in The Grove. When asked about housing features, the response was to design a larger house than we have previously done, with a lot of customizable options including green features, luxury kitchens, master suites, and backyards/ leisure zones. DONE. However, we added tall, dark, and designer, too. These three models play nice with their old turn-of-the-century friends, but bring modern to new heights within the St. Louis City housing stock.

You can see more at UIC recently won approval for its first multi-unit new construction project. That project will contain 20 apartments with ground floor retail.

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New Six-Unit Residential Structure to be Added to Compton Gate Condominiums Site (3606 Flad)

A new six-unit residential building will rise on the Compton Gate Condos site on South Grand, just west of Compton Heights in the Shaw neighborhood. The parcel is addressed as 3606-16 Flad. The permit amount is $810,000 and the listed contractor is The Building Pros.

The six townhouses will sit to the rear (west) of the existing Compton Gate Condos, completed in 2007. The foundation for this smaller structure was poured around then, but the recession halted construction until now.

Duffe Nuernberger Realty has the site listed as “sold” for the price of $75,000 on its website. That link also contains a rendering, shown below:


These six new townhouse units are styled similarly to the existing building, shown below (image courtesy of Duffe Nuernberger Realty):


Click here for an aerial map, which also shows the already-poured foundation.

Six New Townhouses Coming to Bohemian Hill? (1703 S. Tucker)

The St. Louis Redevelopment Company, LLC has applied for a building permit to construct six new townhouses at 1703 S. Tucker (at the corner of Lafayette) in the Bohemian Hill section of the City (technically within the Peabody Darst Webbe neighborhood). The permit is labeled as “zoning only”, which means the city’s Zoning Section must approve the land use for the site prior to any further work or permit issuance.

The architect on the project may be Anthony Duncan, who has been tasked with designing several outside-of-the-box projects in St. Louis.

One such project is a shipping container structure in the Grove, a project that seems to be stalled. Below is the rendering for that project found on Mr. Duncan’s website:

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In this early stage of the Bohemian Hill project, there are no known renderings or sketches of the proposed Bohemian Hill infill. If we discover such images, we will be sure to post them on this blog.

Nevertheless, it is significant that there is a residential proposal for this large and highly visibly vacant lot. For years the entirety of Bohemian Hill seemed to be threatened with demolition by the encroaching Gilded Age development to the west that now includes a Walgreen’s and local grocer Fields Foods. In fact, in the mid-2000s, Gilded Age even produced a rendering that showed the remaining blocks of Bohemian Hill replaced with a combination of new housing and shops.

If approved, this project could solidify the Bohemian Hill remnant’s preservation. Other early 2000s-era infill exists at 13th and Soulard, shown below:

Photo Credit: Built St. Louis

The six townhouses would be constructed on the vacant lot visible in this photograph. The Old City Hospital, now a residential building known as the Georgian, looms in the background:

Photo Credit: Built St. Louis

Click here to read more on Bohemian Hill, including some photographs of the buildings that were demolished to create the Gilded Age development in the now-gone western portion of the neighborhood, at the Built St. Louis website.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton Hotel Proposal in Forest Park Southeast Moving Forward? (920 S. Taylor)

A 106-room hotel of the Home2 Suites by Hilton variety may soon be under construction at 920 S. Taylor in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. A $5.2 million building permit application is now on file with the City. The permit has not yet been issued. The hotel would sit just a few blocks south of the Medical Center and the Central West End MetroLink Station.

Below is the prototypical design of a Home2Suites-branded Hilton Hotel:


And here is the proposed site plan:

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For more information on this Home2Suites by Hilton development, see the nextSTL coverage here.

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Forest Park Southeast Home to be Rehabbed (4366 Hunt)

A home located at 4366 Hunt in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood may soon be rehabbed by owner Victor Vitt, Jr. at a cost of $75,000.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:


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Shaw Home Sees Transformation (4031 Shenandoah)

One of the Shaw neighborhood’s most unsightly properties has lost that designation with a $150,000 rehab that restored its front porch and gable elements. The property is located at 4031 Shenandoah. The contractor was BDM Construction.

Below is the after-shot:

And here is the before-shot, courtesy of Geo St. Louis, presenting an odd sight in an otherwise well-kept block:


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Fox Park Two-Family to See Rehab (2625 Armand)

A two-family building located at 2625 Armand Place in the Fox Park neighborhood may soon see a $75,000 rehab by owner Cardinal Capital Consulting, Inc. The building will be rehabbed into a single family. The permit has not yet been issued.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:


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Grand Center Building to See Residential Conversion? (3755 Lindell)

The stately buff brick building located at 3755 Lindell in the Grand Center neighborhood may soon see a $1.7 million rehab into an unspecified number of residential units. A building permit application in that amount was submitted to the city this week by owner Travelers Protective Association of America. The contractor is the Harlan Company. The building permit has not yet been issued.

Below is a recent photograph of the building, which sits in a row of monumental structures across from St. Louis University that is sometimes called the “Lindell Strip”.


If we receive more information on this development, such as a unit count, we will post it here.

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Marine Villa Home Under Rehab (3453 Wisconsin)

A two-family home located at 3453 Wisconsin in the Marine Villa neighborhood is currently under a $40,000 rehab and conversion into a single family, per a recently issued building permit. The owner is shown on the building permit at Charles Brown, though Geo St. Louis lists the owner as Neighborhood Renewal Partners, LLC.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:


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Rehab of Tower Grove East Home Nearly Complete (3500 McKean)

The $265,000 rehab of a Tower Grove East corner building located at 3500 McKean is nearly completion. Rubicon Corp. is the developer.

Below is a recent photograph of the building:


And here is a “before” shot, courtesy of Geo St. Louis:

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New Home Coming to St. Louis Hills (6474 Kinsey Place)

A new single family home will soon be constructed in the St. Louis Hills Estates subdivision of the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. The address is 6474 Kinsey Place. The permit amount is $300,000. The builder is McKelvey Homes.

A small ranch-style home was torn down earlier this year to make way for this new, larger house. Demolitions are extremely rare in St. Louis Hills, making this teardown a significant change to this otherwise quiet, proto-suburban enclave of the City. St. Louis Hills Estates was one of the last large development sites left in the City of St. Louis corporate limits after World War II. It is one of the only places within city limits that one can find a large concentration of ranch-style homes.

Below is a rendering of the new home from a sign posted at the construction site.


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Formerly Mixed-Use Buildings along 39th Street to be Rehabbed (3901-09 Folsom and 3861-69 McRee)

Two formerly mixed-use buildings located a block apart from one another along 39th Street in the Botanical Heights and Tiffany neighborhoods will be rehabbed by owner Botanical Heights Associates, LLC.

The first, 3901-09 Folsom, is located in the Botanical Heights neighborhood, at 39th and Folsom. The former mixed use complex of buildings will be rehabbed into 13 residential units at a cost of $494,000, per permit records. The building permit has not yet been issued.

Two photographs of 3901-09 Folsom are shown below, courtesy of Geo St. Louis, starting with 3901-05 Folsom:


And here is 3907 Folsom, in the foreground, located just west of 3901-05:


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The second rehab by Botanical Heights Associates is 3861-69 McRee, located one block south and across 39th Street in the Tiffany neighborhood. The rehab will produce 6 residential units and will cost $235,000. The building permit has not yet been issued.

Below are Geo St. Louis photographs of the building.

The first photo faces northwest on McRee towards the corner unit, which fronts 39th:

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The second photo faces north looking at the interior units on McRee:

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Botanical Heights Two-Family to be Rehabbed (4171 Blaine)

A two-family structure located at 4171 Blaine in the footprint of the second phase of UIC’s Botanical Grove development will be rehabbed into a single family at a cost of $178,000. This rehab sits just to the east of two recently constructed UIC contemporary homes.

Below is a Google Streetview photograph of 4171 Blaine prior to the construction of the two new homes to the west (left):


This more recent photograph shows 4171 Blaine in the background, situated next to the two new UIC homes.

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A rendering of the rehabbed 4171 Blaine may be seen here, or below:


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Stone House in Ruins to be Rehabbed (124 E. Steins)

A stone alley house constructed in the mid-19th Century located at 124 E. Steins in the Patch neighborhood may soon be rehabbed. Owners Timothy and Dorothy Marcia, who have purchased and begun restoring a neighboring stone house to the west, have applied for a building permit in the amount of $41,500 for interior and exterior alterations of 124 E. Steins. That building permit was issued this week.

The tiny home has been in ruins for decades, with a circa 1980 National Register of Historic Places nomination of a small district of stone houses mentioning that this particular home, at the alley line, had suffered a recent fire.

German immigrants arrived in St. Louis in the 1840s in droves and transformed many St. Louis neighborhoods. Many Germans settled in the Carondelet neighborhood, then its own city far south of St. Louis, and constructed simple dwellings that looked not unlike the French brick homes found closer to downtown except for one striking difference–entire facades were comprised of limestone.

The area of East of Broadway in the present day “Patch neighborhood”, which takes in much of Old Carondelet, has become mostly industrial. With that change in land use patterns, many of these diminutive dwellings have been demolished. The ones that remain are generally in poor shape, or are threatened by further industrial expansion.

A rehab of this very small stone house at 124 E. Steins would be a large step for preservation of this fading German heritage on the far South Side of St. Louis.

Below is a photograph of 124 Steins Street obtained from the Spore Projects blog:

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