The ongoing Botanical Grove development by developers UIC will continue to expand eastward, onto the 4100 blocks of McRee, Blaine, and Folsom, in the former McRee Town neighborhood for the development’s second phase.
The first phase, confined mostly to Tower Grove Avenue and the 4200 block of McRee, is nearing completion, and nearly all new construction and most historic rehabs have sold. See an overview of available lots in the neighborhood here.
Below is a UIC rendering (screen capped and cropped from this document) of the two new models proposed for the 4100 block of Blaine, which contains a large span of presently vacant lots.
Below is a recent shot pulled from the Facebook page of Botanical Grove Homes:
And here is a shot from Geo St. Louis dating to 2007:
UIC's Botanical Grove Development is progressing with several rehab and new construction projects side by side. All properties are located on the 4200 block of McRee in the old McRee Town neighborhood (now called Botanical Heights).
4203 McRee, seen below, is the newest of the bunch and is at present just a foundation in the ground.
4209 and 4211 McRee are two historic rehabilitation projects of classic red brick buildings:
4217 McRee is nearing completion:
4228 McRee isn’t quite as far along.
And finally, 4254 McRee:
All photographs above were obtained from Botanical Grove Homes’ Facebook page (linked here). The photographs date to 12/12/12.
The former gas station at 4266 McRee in the Botanical Heights neighborhood (old McRee Town) is currently under a $400,000 rehab into a wine bar named Olio. It will be attached via structural hyphen to an adjacent home to the east on McRee, which will house a restaurant named Elaia. The restaurant and wine bar will be curated by Ben Poremba, co-owner of artisan meat shop Salume Beddu.
This project is a sub-set of the larger Botanical Grove development, in which Urban Improvement Construction has set about improving the once forlorn 4200 block of McRee with rehabs and new homes. The development also includes the stretch of Tower Grove just north of McRee, where a new bakery (Chouquette) is set to open soon and where City Garden Montessori School is set to move and expand.
For more information on Elaia and Olio, click here.
The photographs below show the transformation over the past few months.
From May 2012:
And from September 2012, post-delivery of glazed bricks:
Photo credits: Amy Lampe
Now, it looks quite different. In the photograph below, 4230 McRee is at left (with the orange trim).
Urban Improvement Construction is building another single family home at 4230 McRee at a cost of $201,000. 4230 McRee is another addition to UIC’s Botanical Grove development, located in the Botanical Heights/McRee Town neighborhood.
The Botanical Grove development includes rehabs as well as new construction, mostly concentrated on the 4200 block of McRee. However, Tower Grove Avenue is also being improved as a part of the development. It will soon be home to City Garden Montessori School, Chouquette bakery, and wine bar-restaurant combo Elaia and Olio.
Below is a recent shot of the building under construction:
Urban Improvement Construction’s Botanical Grove development in the Botanical Heights neighborhood (formerly McRee Town) has announced the sale or pre-sale of 9 properties.
Below are a few addresses that have sold. All photographs are from the Botanical Grove Homes Facebook page.
4217 McRee - To Be Built
4230 McRee - To Be Built
4240-42 McRee (two units)
The bulk of the 4200 block of McRee is being transformed as a part of Urban Improvement Construction’s (UIC) Botanical Grove development, which involves both historic rehabilitation and new construction of homes.
This blog will cover individual projects from the Botanical Grove development, so make sure to follow the “Botanical Grove” tag.