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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:


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.


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:


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:


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.

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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:


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.

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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.

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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.


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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:


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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.


To read more on this development, see nextSTL’s previous blog post on this home.

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Vacant Home in Carondelet to be Rehabbed (514 Holly Hills)

A vacant, historic home located at 514 Holly Hills Avenue in the Carondelet neighborhood will be rehabbed at a cost of $250,000 by owner Sam and Sons, LLC, per a recently issued building permit.

The single-family home was previously owned by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority (LRA). The home may have been vacant since 2000.

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the home:

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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:

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