St. Louis Neighborhood Development Blog
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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):

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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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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:

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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:

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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).

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The $350,000 building permit for this single family structure has already been issued (as of February 2014) and site work is now underway.

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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:

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For an unadulterated Geo St. Louis shot (and one from a different angle), see below:

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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.

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Alverne Rehab to Ramp Up Soon? (1014 Locust)

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:

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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:

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And here is a Google Streetview shot showing the “before” (circa July 2011):

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The building is located at the intersection of Wyoming and California, about two blocks north of Cherokee Street.

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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:

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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:

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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):

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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.

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