Building permits have been issued to rehab two major South Grand commercial/mixed use buildings into apartments. The buildings at 3546 and 3552 S. Grand will be rehabbed by the Lawrence Group into an unspecified number of apartments and ground floor commercial space. The permit amount for 3546 S. Grand is $1.56 million; the permit amount for 3552 S. Grand is $1.21 million.
The buildings sit across the street from the South Side Tower, another once vacant building redeveloped by the Lawrence Group.
Below is a Google Streetview capture showing both buildings:
Based on Missouri Housing Development Commission Rental Production FY 2012 Funding Approval documents, the two buildings together may be branded as “Southside Station” and may contain a total of 39 affordable units geared towards families. If we can confirm these details, we will note that here.
A $70,000 permit has been issued for owners and husband-wife duo Richard Rodriguez and Donna Schott to rehab the storefront located at 2728 Cherokee Street into a wood-fired pizza restaurant and wine bar. The new establishment that will occupy the space, called Yaqui’s, was announced in May 2013.
Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the building:
No word yet on an expected opening date.
A long-rumored shipping container cafe may soon be constructed at 2622 Cherokee Street (at Texas Avenue) by owner and Cherokee Street investor Jason Deem.
The establishment’s name—Empire Cafe—is a throwback to the old Empire Sandwich Shop that once occupied the site. The building that housed the old iteration of Empire was torn down in 2006.
Below is the recently released rendering of the new Empire Cafe, to be constructed using several shipping containers (a novel mode of construction in St. Louis, but now popular in Europe and some coastal U.S. cities).
As shown above, the primary portion of the new structure would sit well off of Cherokee, leaving the front portion of the lot as an open space for seating.
Here is another angle (small photo):
Both renderings were obtained from Empire Cafe’s Facebook page.
From Geo St. Louis, below is a shot of the original Empire Sandwich Shop:
From the “About” section on Empire Cafe’s Facebook page:
Slated to open in Spring of 2014, Empire will be a community centered cafe offering a rotating menu of international street food sourced from local ingredients and purveyors with an emphasis on sustainability, seasonal availability, and health consciousness.
Recently, an attractive, but long vacant off-Cherokee commercial building located at 3410-12 California in the Gravois Park neighborhood was demolished.
It now appears that the building is being reconstructed (in some form).
Below is a shot (from yesterday) of the building. Just a few weeks ago, all that remained at the site was the free-standing cast iron storefront. As you can now see, a brick structure is being rebuilt around the old storefront:
Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph showing what the building used to look like:
A mixed use building located at 2648 Cherokee Street (in the Gravois Park neighborhood) may soon see a substantial rehab—valued at $450,000 per a city building permit application—into residential and commercial space. The owner is shown to be 2648 Cherokee Properties, LLC. Note that the building permit has not yet been issued.
Below is a recent Geo St. Louis photograph of the structure that is to be rehabbed:
The two side-by-side mixed use structures on the southeast corner of Grand and Gravois (3546 and 3552 South Grand) may soon see a full rehabilitation into apartments with ground floor commercial. The developer is the Lawrence Group. As of right now, there are two permit applications that have no dollar values listed and must be approved by Zoning first. One this approval is issued, the permits may then be issued themselves.
Below is a Google Streetview capture of both buildings:
The Lawrence Group was the developer of the South Side Tower project across the street from this pair of buildings. That project saw the rehab of the historic South Side National Bank building into commercial space with residential above.
Note that the Missouri Housing Development Commission has approved 4% LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) funds for this project in its Fiscal Year 2012 Application Approvals. See the list of approved projects here—this project is called “Southside Station”.
When we last checked into the $75,000+ rehab of 2900 Cherokee in the Gravois Park neighborhood, the stately mixed use building’s storefront had not yet been restored.
Below is a photograph from a few weeks ago that shows the building to be quite transformed with its new storefront:
And here, for good measure, is the older shot of the building previously posted on this blog (courtesy of Michael Allen), dating to late summer 2012:
ALSO! SIDE NOTE TO READERS: If you’ve noticed the action slowing around this blog, it’s not for lack of enthusiasm. Winter is infamous for a slowdown in rehab projects and new construction, but worry not—there is still a long backlog of projects from late Fall 2012 to cover (not to mention update posts, like this one).
The single family home at 3132 Cherokee Street is being rehabbed at a cost of $30,000. According to the building permit application, the structure will house two units upon completion.
An earlier blog post on this site noted that the building had secured permits. At that time, we were unaware what sort of solution was being proposed for the long lost doorway/porch area, which was destroyed by an errant driver. We can now see that there will be a covered porch on the building, per this recent photograph:
Below is a Google Streetview capture showing the building without its entryway:
A three-story mixed use structure at 2900 Cherokee Street (at Nebraska) is under rehab by WJL Properties, LLC.
Below is a photograph of the building courtesy of Preservation Research Office's Michael Allen:
The blog Vanishing STL covered the rehab of this building, along with the demolition of the building on the opposite corner, earlier this year. That story contains more photographs of the building as well.
Per that blog post, the building has been extensively worked on for several years. Below is a Geo St. Louis shot of the building under construction in March 2009:
The single family building at 3132 Cherokee Street in the Gravois Park neighborhood has been issued a $30,000 building permit to rehab the structure into a two-family.
Below is a Google Streetview capture from July 2011 that shows the building more or less in its current state:
As you can see, something is missing from the building.
Geo St. Louis contains an older photograph that shows what the building’s entry once looked like:
It is unclear whether this entryway will be restored.