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 livegreenstl.com 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.
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):
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:
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.
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:
Note that what is shown in the above site plan as a “pocket park” is now a proposed three-story office building (more on that here).
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
The second photo faces north looking at the interior units on McRee:
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.
A rendering of the rehabbed 4171 Blaine may be seen here, or below:
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.
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:
Benton Park Corner Building to be Rehabbed (1956-58 Wyoming)
A vacant and boarded corner building located at 1956-58 Wyoming in the Benton Park neighborhood will soon be rehabbed by Garcia Development at a cost of $250,000.
The building is listed by the Assessor as two units; one in the attached 1956 building to the east (the un-boarded building next to the corner building) and one in the corner building at 1958. The rehab may turn the entire building into one residential unit, per permit records.
Garcia Development is better known for its rehabs and rentals in the Tower Grove and South Kingshighway/Chippewa areas. Perhaps the company will begin more rehabbing in the eastern part of the City?
Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:
New Botanical Heights Single Family Home Nearly Complete (4150 Blaine)
A new single family home located at 4150 Blaine in the Botanical Heights neighborhood is nearing completion. The home is part of Phase Two of UIC‘s popular Botanical Grove development. That development has propelled an unlikely area for reinvestment–old McRee Town–into a status as one of the city’s redevelopment hot spots. Having rehabbed around 26 housing units on the once scraggly and depleted 4200 block of McRee alone, UIC has reported that just three of those remain unsold.
Phase Two of the Botanical Grove development shifts the activity northward and eastward, to the 4100 blocks of McRee and Blaine. The 4100 block of McRee will be mostly comprised of rentals with green features. The 4100 block of Blaine will be mostly for sale housing, including new models such as the flounder and “flounder-plus” models.
The first flounder-plus home on the 4100 block of Blaine is nearing completion. Below is a recent shot of 4150 Blaine:
When completed, the row of single family homes proposed for the 4100 block of Blaine should look similar to the rendering below. The houses with the angular roof are the flounder model, a contemporary take on the historic housing style somewhat unique to St. Louis. For more information on the flounder house UIC model and the historic flounder-style housing stock of St. Louis, please see the earlier nextSTL article on the topic (though note that the designs for the 41xx Blaine flounders has changed since then).
Gerhart Block Redevelopment to Include Neighboring Property (3910-12 Laclede)
The proposed $8 million redevelopment of the Gerhart Block at the eastern edge of the Central West End neighborhood that was announced in February of this year may include the neighboring property at 3910-12 Laclede. Capstone Development is the developer. The development has a Facebook page that contains pictures of both the Gerhart Block building and the 3910-12 Laclede building.
The building at 3910-12 Laclede sports a striking black cast iron turret and would be a small neighborhood landmark were it not somewhat tucked away in a semi-industrial pocket of the City.
Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:
The project has not officially begun (not permits have yet been issued), but it appears interior demolition is underway, as there is currently a dumpster behind the building.
Below is a before/after shot of the Gerhart Block, which neighbors 3910-12 Laclede to the east:
Entire Block of South Broadway in the Patch to See Rehab? (7200-30 S. Broadway)
Will an entire blockface of buildings on the 7200 block of South Broadway in the Patch neighborhood be rehabbed soon? A Board Bill (#26) is working its way through the Board of Alderman this session to grant 10-year tax abatement to the proposed rehab project. The developer has not yet applied for building permits.
Redevelopment plans submitted to the Board of Alderman must now be shown to be in compliance with the city’s Sustainability Plan. That “Summary of Applicability” document notes that the proposed project “will save a very important…block vulnerable to demolition”, indicating that the project is to rehab the buildings rather than demolish. There is also notation that the project will maintain the mixed-use character of the buildings present.
Below are several Geo St. Louis photographs showing each of the buildings on the block, starting from the southernmost point (South Broadway at East Robert) moving northward to South Broadway and Nagel.
Vacant, Condemned Soulard Building to See Some Rehab Work? (1041 Shenandoah)
Another vacant and condemned Soulard building may soon be rehabbed. A $60,000 building permit has been issued to the owners of 1041 Shenandoah for interior and exterior alterations. This permit comes in the same week that another one of Soulard’s most visibly decayed structures also saw a rehab permit issued–1212-14 Lynch.
Below is a Google Streetview capture of 1041 Shenandoah:
The $60,000 permit may not be enough money to fully restore this worn building, but it should be enough at least to stabilize the building and re-sell it.
Since the early 1970s a large number of Soulard structures have been rehabbed, leaving very few visibly vacant and decaying buildings where once there were many. If 1041 Shenandoah and 1212-14 Lynch see full rehabs, that will leave the partially collapsed building at 1925-27 S. 10th Street as the neighborhood’s “neediest case” for rehabilitation.
Former Hope Lutheran School to be Converted to Residential? (5320 Brannon)
The former Hope Lutheran School located at 5320 Brannon in the Southampton neighborhood may soon see a $600,000+ rehab into 22 residential units. The owner, 5320 Brannon, LLC, applied for a building permit in that amount last week. That permit has not yet been issued, though a May 2014 building permit for interior demolition in the amount of $25,000 has been issued.
If we receive more information on this development, such as whether the units will be for-sale or apartments, we will post it here.
Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the old school:
Vacant, Damaged Soulard Building to be Rehabbed (1212-14 Lynch)
One of Soulard’s last remaining visibly vacant structures will soon be rehabbed. The building at 1212-14 Lynch, listed by the City Assessor as a three-family structure, will see a $200,000 rehab into two fee simple townhouses by owner Renovations Unlimited, LLC.
In February 2011, this building was threatened with demolition by a previous owner. The building had caught fire and the owners sought to demolish the building instead of rehabbing or selling. The city’s Cultural Resources Office (CRO) staff recommended denial of the demolition permit for the building. The Preservation Board heeded this recommendation at the February 2011 meeting. The PDF of that meeting’s agenda that details the building’s then-current condition and the CRO recommendation may be found here, on Page 44.
Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the building.
Two New, Unusual Homes Coming to Benton Park? (2834 McNair and 2841 Indiana)
In October of 2013, two different owners proposed to construct two somewhat unusual single family homes on two separate but nearby vacant lots in the Benton Park neighborhood. Both properties were required to seek approval from the city’s Preservation Board, as both homes fall within the Benton Park Local Historic District. Both homes were given the green light at the Preservation Board’s October 2013 monthly meeting.
The first, located at 2834 McNair, is a rather institutional-looking red brick two-story building that would subsume what was once two vacant lots. The land has since been re-subdivided into one parcel. Yesterday, a building permit application in the amount of $300,000 was received by the City to construct the large single family home. That building permit has not yet been issued.
Below is a rendering provided to the city’s Cultural Resources Office (CRO) staff for review back in October 2013. Please note that the designs shown below may not be the product that will soon be built. Often developers and architects discuss the details of the new construction with CRO staff and make edits to their designs in order to ensure compliance with Local Historic District code.
The second home is designed to be ADA-accessible throughout, which explains its low-slung, one-story horizontal design. It is located at 2841 Indiana. A drawing of the design is shown below. The home will stretch across four city parcels, which are likely to be consolidated at a later date.
Again, the design shown below may have changed since October 2013.
The $350,000 building permit for this single family structure has already been issued (as of February 2014) and site work is now underway.
Vacant Benton Park Home to be Rehabbed (3318 Wisconsin)
A home at 3318 Wisconsin vacant for at least the past decade may soon see a $100,000 rehab by Tiger Lily Development’s Patty Maher. Maher recently completed a stunning transformation of a onetime vacant and damaged Tower Grove East corner building that many thought would be demolished. The building permit application for 3318 Wisconsin was filed with the City yesterday. It has not yet been issued.
The 3300 block of Wisconsin is Benton Park’s most vacant and troubled block, speaking in terms of physical infrastructure. Many of the block’s homes remain vacant, though sporadic rehabs have occurred over the past few years. Sadly, a portion of 3318 Wisconsin became unstable and was demolished in February 2014. The remaining portion of the parcel addressed as 3318 Wisconsin–a stately 3-story Second Empire-styled building–is set for rehab.
Below is a Google Streetview capture displaying the portion of the parcel that was demolished and the portion that will be rehabbed:
For an unadulterated Geo St. Louis shot (and one from a different angle), see below:
While it is a shame to lose historic housing stock in a strengthening neighborhood like Benton Park, it is something of a consolation prize to see the demolished building’s attached neighbor get some rehabber attention.
The planned rehab of the old Alverne Hotel building (1014-1025 Locust) in the heart of Downtown St. Louis into 81 apartments may be ramping up soon.
A $500,000 interior alterations building permit application is now on file with the City, adding to an existing $100,000 permit issued in January of this year. The owner is Brian Hayden, who has rehabbed 400 Washington into apartments (Gallery 400) as well as the old Millennium Center into apartments and office space (Gallery 515).
Below is a photograph of the Alverne obtained from the website Built St. Louis:
Benton Park West Corner Building's Transformation Nearly Complete (2801 Wyoming)
A corner mixed-use building located at 2801 Wyoming in the Benton Park West neighborhood has been under a $330,000 rehab into three residential units for the past several months. That rehab is nearing completion.
Below is a recent photograph of the structure:
And here is a Google Streetview shot showing the “before” (circa July 2011):
The building is located at the intersection of Wyoming and California, about two blocks north of Cherokee Street.
St. Louis University to Rehab Former Law School Space on the Frost Campus (3700 Lindell)
St. Louis University (SLU) has been issued a building permit valued at $4.4 million to rehabilitate the former Law School building at 3700 Lindell on the main campus (Frost). The rehab is for interior renovations only and will be office space plus classrooms.
In 2013, SLU moved its Law School to 100 North Tucker in Downtown St. Louis. Initially, SLU planned to demolish the Law School at 3700 Lindell and build a new, traditionally-styled building on the site. Those plans were scrapped when the 100 North Tucker building was donated to SLU by Joe and Loretta Scott in 2012. The 100 N. Tucker building is now known as “Scott Hall” as a result.
Below is a Google Streetview shot of the old Law School building’s Lindell frontage:
A Small, yet Striking Transformation in Lafayette Square (2011 Park)
Typically this blog focuses on “total rehabs” of once-vacant and damaged buildings–if not new construction. Yet often it’s the smaller details that make neighborhoods shine. Take for example a restoration of a historic mansard roof in Lafayette Square at 2011 Park Avenue.
Below is a “before” picture (circa July 2011) from Google Streetview showing a three-story historic building with a somewhat odd third story transition:
The building’s French-styled mansard roof had been lost at some point in history. Fast forward to May 2014 and the mansard roof is reborn (at a cost of $75,000, per city building permit records):
While it’s hard to label the restoration of an ornate roof line as a “subtle” change, on a neighborhood level, it is just that. This small change clearly adds a disproportionately large amount of character to an already architecturally-rich neighborhood.
New Mixed Use Building Rises in Soulard (1831 S. 7th)
A new mixed use building in Soulard that will house a Subway restaurant on the ground floor and two apartments above is nearing completion. The building is located at 1831 S. 7th Blvd.
Those familiar with Subway restaurants may be surprised to see a building that is substantially more ornate than a typical free-standing model. The South 7th Boulevard site is located within the Soulard Local Historic District, which maintains strict design guidelines for new construction. Unable to gather neighborhood support for a variance from the Historic District regulations to allow for an automobile-oriented, free-standing Subway restaurant, the Subway franchisee was forced to consider and ultimately build a mixed-use model on this site.
Another mixed-use Subway restaurant is under construction across the city in the King’s Oak neighborhood along South Kingshighway. The plans for that building, which is now well under construction, are summarized here.
Below is a recent photograph of the new structure in Soulard:
The site was once a service station. Per city permit records, that service station was torn down in 1991. The lot has been vacant until now.
Botanical Heights Home to be Rehabbed (4327 McRee)
A two-family home located at 4327 McRee in the Botanical Heights/McRee Town neighborhood may soon be rehabbed into a single family at a cost of $135,000. A permit application is on file with the City, though the building permit has not yet been issued. City records show the owner to be UIC/Tower Grove Mews. UIC has revitalized the 4200 block of McRee (one block to the east) with several new homes and historic rehabs and has begun improving all adjacent blocks, including 4300 McRee.
The UIC office has relocated to the recently-opened Tower Grove Mews development, moving just a few yards down from their old office at 4301 McRee. UIC principals Brent Crittenden and Sarah Gibson have constructed their new contemporary home on the 4300 block of McRee, right next to the proposed rehab of 4327 McRee.
Below is a Google Streetview capture of 4327 McRee showing the building prior to the construction of the new UIC home to its east. This view faces north/northeast.
And here is a shot of the new home located at 4319 McRee, with the view facing northwest.
Benton Park West Single Family Home to be Rehabbed (3130 Ohio)
A single-family home located at 3130 Ohio in the Benton Park West neighborhood may soon be under a $200,000 rehab by owner Aydin Enterprises, LLC, per a recently issued building permit. The building was previously owned by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority (LRA), which land banks vacant properties.
Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the home, formerly a two-family:
New Mansion Coming to Lindell Boulevard (5805 Lindell)
A new mansion is headed to 5805 Lindell in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood’s Forest Park-facing Catlin Tract, which St. Louisans know as one of our region’s finest collection of large, ornate homes.
The building permit application (note that the permit has not yet been issued) is valued at $1.4 million to construct the single-family home. The city’s Preservation Board gave approval to the new home at its February 2014 meeting (read the agenda item here). Currently, the site is a large, wooded lot.
Below is a drawing of the front facade of the building.
Vacant, Boarded Benton Park Home to be Rehabbed (2701 McNair)
A vacant and boarded up Benton Park home located at 2701 McNair will be rehabbed at a cost of $200,000 by its owner, BSB Development, a company that typically rehabs and rents Soulard apartments. The rehab will keep the building a single-family home.
Below is a photograph of the home courtesy of Geo St. Louis:
Botanical Heights Home to be Rehabbed (4159 McRee)
A long vacant Botanical Heights home located at 4159 McRee will be rehabbed by UIC as a part of its Botanical Grove development at a cost of $235,000. The home is located on the 4100 block of McRee, one block east of the hotbed of activity of UIC’s development. Interestingly, the home has been pre-sold prior to the start of rehabilitation work.
UIC plans to rehab most of the 4100 block of McRee’s stock of historic buildings, many of them four-families, into “green” apartments, a departure from their for-sale strategy on the 4200 block of McRee.
Below is a Google Streetview capture of 4159 McRee, which currently has a large hole in its roof and may look to passers-by as a lost cause. Quite to the contrary, this magnificent old home should soon be spotless!
The owners of the land near McCutcheon and Eager roads, where Manhassett Village apartments once stood, are planning to build a new Manhassett Village, to be completed in four phases between 2015 to 2022.
Phases 1 and 2 are be completed by 2016, and would total 321 units. Phase 3 consists of 240 units to be completed in 2019. Phase 1 is estimated to cost $50 million.
Phase 4 is planned to be an approximately 240-unit, 12-story building, estimated to be completed in 2022. These would be considered high-end. Project details are at Richmond Heights City Hall.
Draper & Kramer requested 100 percent tax abatement for the first 10 years from each phase’s completion and 50 percent for the next 15.
New Single Family Home Coming to the Central West End (4321 Maryland)
A new single family home will be constructed at 4321 Maryland in the Central West End. A $300,000 building permit application is on file with the City. The owner is Ryan Denisi.
The home is located in the Central West End Local Historic District and therefore required City approval of design prior to construction. That approval was granted at the March 2014 Preservation Board meeting.
Below is a drawing of the front facade, obtained from the City’s Cultural Resources Office’s March 2014 agenda:
And here is a Google Streetview capture of the current vacant lot:
Proposed Opus Mixed Use Tower on Lindell Moves Forward (4643 Lindell)
The proposed $68 million development of a 12-story mixed use apartment building at 4643 Lindell is moving forward. The developer, Opus Group, has applied for a $68 million building permit this week. That permit has not yet been issued.
The mid-rise will house 217 apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail space, a pool, and more. To read more on the Opus tower, please read the nextSTL story. Construction is expected to begin this summer.
Below is a rendering of the new mid-rise, courtesy of nextSTL.
The new tower will replace the small American Heart Association building currently on the site.
Developers of the Lindenwood Lofts and several new homes to the west are apparently attempting to finish the Lindenwood School development, begun in the mid-2000s, and build on all remaining vacant lots. The owner of the remaining lots is Rothschild Development.
[EDIT (4/4/14 at 6pm): We received a tip that Rothschild has sold the lots to another developer. Presently, we’re unsure of the name of the new developer. We’ll update the post again if we find out!]
[EDIT (4/9/14 at 10:30am): The developer may be Rubicon Corp.]
Four new building permit applications to construct townhouses, each in the amount of $150,000, were received by the City late last month. These permits have not yet been issued. The addresses are 3809, 3811, 3815, and 3817 Linden Tree Lane.
In November 2013, the developer constructed three new homes on the streets that bound the development—Mardel and Lindenwood Place. Now all that remain are four lots designed for two townhouse-style buildings on the west side of Linden Tree Lane.
The homes will most likely be built to match their neighbors across the street (see the example below).
Cherokee Street Shipping Container Cafe Project Advances (2622 Cherokee)
Might we soon be dining in a series of re-used shipping containers to be assembled at 2622 Cherokee Street? Possibly. Owner of the current vacant lot at the site Jason Deem has applied for a $75,000 permit to construct a commercial building there. That permit has not yet been issued.
The new venture has been widely publicized in local media as it will be St. Louis’s first major commercial project to utilize shipping containers. The restaurant that is set to occupy the new building is called the Empire Cafe, named for the old establishment that once occupied the site in a historic building that was demolished in the mid-2000s.
Two-Family Building to be Constructed in the Central West End (4384-86 Olive)
A two-family townhouse building will be constructed on two adjacent vacant lots addressed as 4584 and 4586 Olive Street in the Central West End, just west of Gaslight Square. The owner is Fenix Fund, LLC.
The project sought and was granted preliminary approval from the city’s Preservation Board at its February 24, 2014 meeting. Each parcel shows a $200,000 building permit application. The building permits have not yet been issued.
Below is a drawing of the north (primary) elevation of the two homes obtained from the Cultural Resources Office agenda prepared for the Preservation Board hearing:
Washington Avenue Building to be Rehabbed? (1214 Washington)
The Gothic revival-styled building located at 1214 Washington Avenue in the Downtown West neighborhood may soon be rehabbed by its owner at a cost of $1,000,000, per a recent building permit application. Planned are five residential units and a ground floor commercial space. The building permit has not yet been issued.
Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building (at center, with the spires):
Arcade-Wright Building Rehab Moves Forward (800 Olive)
The rehab of the Arcade-Wright Building in the heart of downtown St. Louis took a step forward yesterday with a building permit application for rehab valued at $75 million. That building permit has not yet been issued.
Construction is expected to begin in a month on the massive complex, which will turn the two interconnected vacant buildings (the Arcade and Wright) into 282 residential units as well as a commercial space in the old arcade portion of the building. Dominium Development, which has already rehabbed the Metropolitan building in Grand Center and the Leather Trades building in Downtown West into lofts geared towards artists, is the developer.
A large portion of the 282 residential units will be affordable. The commercial space will be occupied by an “institutional tenant” rumored to be Webster University.
Building Permit Issued for West Pine Lofts Project (4034 West Pine)
A nearly $15,000,000 building permit has been issued for the proposed West Pine Lofts development at 4034 West Pine in the far eastern edge of the Central West End.
Hallmark Campus Communities, a developer that specializes in student-oriented housing, will construct the 206-unit, 4-story all-residential building. Current plans call for storefronts to face Sarah Street, but these storefronts will be filled with community space and a leasing office—not retail or restaurants. Several small scale industrial buildings on West Pine will be demolished to make way for the sprawling development.
Remarkable Transformation in the Gate District Now Complete (2714 Lafayette)
A mixed use building located at 2714 Lafayette in the Gate District has undergone a remarkable rehab from a blank facade to an attractive historic building. The owner is Tuxedo Park Leasing, LLC. A firm known as Spry Digital occupies a portion of the rehabbed building. For interior shots, click here.
Below is the “before” shot of 2714 Lafayette:
And here is a recent photograph showing the completion of facade restoration: