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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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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).


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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!


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Botanical Grove Development Will Move Eastward, Build New Models

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.

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More information on these two new models may be found here (for the 1 1/2 story flounder model) and here (for the two-story model).

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Botanical Heights/McRee Town Rehab Progressing (4227 McRee)

A $200,000 rehab of 4227 McRee in the old McRee Town neighborhood is underway, courtesy of Botanical Grove developers UIC.

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:

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Botanical Grove Development Progressing (4200 Block of McRee)

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.

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Former Gas Station Under Rehab into Wine Bar (4266 McRee)

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

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New Single Family Home in Botanical Grove Development Progressing (4230 McRee)

When we last checked into the progress of 4230 McRee in the Botanical Grove development, it was a plain box in the early stages of construction.

Now, it looks quite different. In the photograph below, 4230 McRee is at left (with the orange trim).

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Another New Single Family Home Coming to Botanical Grove (4230 McRee)

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:

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Botanical Grove Development Announces Several Sold Properties

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.

4209 McRee

4217 McRee - To Be Built

4230 McRee - To Be Built

4216 McRee

4211 McRee

4240-42 McRee (two units)

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Botanical Grove Development Brings New Homes to Old McRee Town

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.

One such new home is located at 4248 McRee. It is now complete. A photograph from UIC’s Facebook page is shown below. (For interior photos, please see the entire album on Facebook).

This blog will cover individual projects from the Botanical Grove development, so make sure to follow the “Botanical Grove” tag.

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