St. Louis Neighborhood Development Blog
A Catalog of St. Louis developments, large and small
Early Childhood Education Center Constructed in Carr Square (1908 O’Fallon)

The Flance Early Learning Center has been constructed at 1908 O’Fallon in the Carr Square neighborhood.

The Center will provide a range of services including:

  • A full-service demonstration kitchen for children and families to learn about healthy eating and cooking habits
  • An adventure playground that encourages physical activity and creativity in play
  • An in-house wellness suite to provide critical preventative services and developmental screenings
  • A community education room that will host workshops on critical parenting topics for both parents and outside childcare providers
  • Rooms designated for moms to nurse their babies

According to their website, the Flance Center seeks to become the first preschool/early learning center in Missouri and only the fourth worldwide to be certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools rating system.

Below is a rendering of the Flance Early Learning Center:

And here is a shot from their Facebook page showing the progress of construction (in January):

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Hyde Park Home to be Rehabbed (1419 Mallinckrodt)

A Hyde Park home located at 1419 Mallinckrodt will be rehabbed by its owner, Theaster Gates, at a cost of $80,000.

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

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Vacant Mansion in Visitation Park to be Rehabbed? (5331 Enright)

A large mansion vacant for at least a decade located at 5331 Enright in the Visitation Park neighborhood may soon see a $250,000 rehab. The building’s new owner, Guy Slay (5331 Enright, LLC) applied for an interior/exterior alterations permit in that amount on New Year’s Eve. The permit has not yet been issued.

According to local preservationist and architect Paul Hohmann, author of the Vanishing St. Louis blog, the home is known as the Blossom House. It was nearly demolished in July 2013 when its then-owner, Helix Realty, sought approval from the city’s Preservation Board. That proposed demolition was denied by the Board.

An excellent write-up of the home’s history and demolition proposal (including interior and exterior photos) is available on Vanishing STL

Below is a photograph courtesy of Vanishing St. Louis:

The potential rehab of the Blossom House will be welcome news to area preservationists who decried the previous owner’s disregard for the mansion’s redevelopment potential.

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A Holiday Surprise? Fountain Park Corner Building Stabilization to Begin Soon? (1106-08 Bayard)

A $20,000 rehab permit has been issued to Titsworth Properties, LLC, owner of the elegant Fountain Park corner building located at 1106-08 Bayard / 4831 Fountain.

We profiled this endangered building on this blog several months ago.

The building needs extensive repairs, but $20,000 could go a long way towards keeping the building (actually, two connected buildings) standing. All other recent building permit applications never saw the permits issued or any work completed. This building permit issuance (dated 12/23/13) is therefore significant, if not exactly a guarantee that the requisite work will be completed.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the property:

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Here’s to hoping for a holiday miracle for this one-of-a-kind building!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

New Single Family Home Under Construction in the Ville (4272 W. St. Ferdinand)

A new single family home is under construction at 4272 W. St. Ferdinand in the Ville. The home’s permit value is $160,000.

Below is a recent photograph of the structure:

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The home’s design was influenced by existing structures in the Ville neighborhood, which include several Italianate-styled homes with shotgun layouts. Most new construction in the area has opted for standard two-story, brick-fronted, vinyl-sided models that one may find across the city as infill, so 4272 W. St. Ferdinand stands out.

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Old North St. Louis Storefront Building Rehabbed (1419 North Market)

A storefront building at 1419 North Market in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood has been rehabbed by owner AJ Squared, LLC at a cost of $75,000.

Below is a recent photograph of the building:

And here is an older Google Streetview capture, which shows the condition of the storefront prior to rehab work:

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Bremen Homes Development in Hyde Park Well Underway

The $10 million Bremen Homes development in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood is well underway. Developer Better Living Communities is constructing 40 new housing units in the neighborhood, most of them in a cluster at the intersection of North 22nd Street and Mallinckrodt Street. More information on the development may be found here.

Below are two pictures showing representative streetscapes in the new development, the entirety of which was built on vacant lots.

There are two story models similar to Better Living Communities’ previous waves of construction in the western part of Hyde Park:

And there are low-slung, single-story models new to the neighborhood:

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Academy Single Family Home to See Rehab (5165 Cabanne)

A $100,000 rehab may soon be underway for 5165 Cabanne, a single family home in the stately Academy neighborhood just north of the Central West End. The owner is Murl D. Winfield.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:

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O’Fallon Single Family Home Under Rehab (4535 Adelaide)

While most in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area associated the name “O’Fallon” with the two outer ring suburban towns in Missouri and Illinois located dozens of miles from downtown St. Louis—the O’Fallon neighborhood of St. Louis is a charming, northern twin to the leafy Tower Grove neighborhoods of south St. Louis, architecturally speaking.

A $133,000 rehab of an O’Fallon home located at 4535 Adelaide is underway, courtesy of owner Acts Partnership.

Below is a recent photograph of the home, showing that work has begun:

And here is a Geo St. Louis photograph from 2010, showing the building in a vacant yet more intact state:

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Near North Riverfront Commercial Building Under Rehab (907 Dock Street)

A commercial building located at 907 Dock Street in the city’s Near North Riverfront neighborhood is undergoing an $85,000 rehab by owner 9th and Dock Properties, LLC. The building has been vacant since at least 2001.

Below is a recent photograph of the property:

And here is a Google Streetview capture pre-rehab:

STLNABEDEV is not aware of the intended use of the property, which is located in an area of heavy industry and sporadic residential buildings. If we receive more information, we will post it here.

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College Hill “Nazareth Homes” Underway (1524 E. College)

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) National Housing Support Corporation is constructing three homes in a development it is calling Nazareth Homes in the College Hill neighborhood. The first home of the three, located at 1524 E. College, is currently under construction at a cost of $120,000.

Below is a recent photograph of 1524 E. College under construction from the LCMS National Housing Support Corp. Facebook page:

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A building permit for 1520 E. College (two lots to the north) was recently issued as well.

Below is a rendering of what the set of homes are to look like:

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Note that 1524 E. College is in the far right in this photo; 1520 E. College is the bungalow style structure to the far left.

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Fountain Park Property to See Some Rehab Work? (1106-08 Bayard)

A month ago, STLNABEDEV departed from usual posting format to alert readers to a desperately needed rehab — the beautiful though decaying mixed-use building located at 4831 Fountain Avenue in the Fountain Park neighborhood (also addressed as 1106-08 Bayard).

Per city permit records, owner Titsworth Properties, LLC has applied for a $20,000 building permit (interior and exterior alterations) for 1106-08 Bayard on June 28, 2013. The permit has not yet been issued.

Below is a photograph (from Geo St. Louis, circa 2008) of the structure:

While a relatively small permit amount for the work necessary to bring the building up to code, the $20,000 could do quite a bit to stabilize and mothball the building (actually, two buildings) for the foreseeable future.

Granted, the owner has applied for several building permits in the past (of nearly the same dollar amount, too), only to see them never issued and ultimately cancelled without any work completed.

Let us hope this time the owner of this irreplaceable building will shore it up for future generations to admire.

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North Sarah Phase II Underway; Transforming Vandeventer Avenue

The $30 million second phase of the North Sarah development (Phase I is profiled on this blog here) is well underway. Three new mixed use structures have popped up on the west side of North Vandeventer.

Below is a photograph taken earlier this week looking north on Vandeventer at West Belle Place.

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Here is a Google Streetview shot showing this same view from July 2011, for comparison purposes:

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All told, North Sarah Phase II will contain 103 mixed-income rental housing units geared towards families and 6,400 square feet of retail/commercial space. This is in addition to Phase I’s 120 units and 12,000 square feet of commercial space. More information on North Sarah Phase II is available from this press release of the joint developers—the St. Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Salazar.

A new commercial building is also under construction on North Sarah itself as a part of Phase II. This will be the first part of the development where two new mixed use structures face one another, fully re-urbanizing what was once “urban prairie”.

This new building, located on the west side of Sarah just south of Finney, is shown below:

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Click here for a map showing the intersection of Vandeventer and West Belle.

Alert: Fountain Park Gem in Desperate Need of Rehab (4831-37 Fountain Avenue)

The mixed use building at 4831-37 Fountain Avenue may not be long for this world without immediate stabilization.

The building, which sits on the northeast corner of the lovely, oblong Fountain Park, beautifully envelops the gentle curve of its host street in a way we rarely see today. This is especially true since so many commercial buildings on complex parcels, like triangular wedges and traffic circles, have been demolished for much smaller, automobile-oriented buildings with parking lots.

It has been nearly six years since St. Louis blogger Toby Weiss has profiled this elegant building, and even then the building looked worse for the wear. Today, the building it at a crisis point and needs immediate investment to patch holes in its roof and repair the beautiful, though crumbling, storefront.

Below is a 2007 image from Toby Weiss’s BELT blog:

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While it is hard to clearly make out the subsequent deterioration in this 2013 photograph obtained from the nextSTL Twitter account, nevertheless, conditions have indeed worsened.

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So, readers, if you know of any angel investors willing to approach the owner of this property—Titsworth Properties, LLC according to Geo St. Louis—and make an offer on it, please do so. This is not to say the building is for sale, or even that the current owner is willing to fix the property up, but it’s worth a shot to try to save one of St. Louis’s most unique commercial properties, isn’t it?

Consider:

  • The building is in a National Register of Historic Places district (Aubert Place-Fountain Park), which makes it eligible for federal and state historic tax credits.
  • The building is located merely three blocks north of the bustling Central West End.

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Titsworth LLC’s Registered Agent is Mitchell D. Jacobs. His contact information is below.


Mitchell D. Jacobs
225 S. Meramec Ave., Ste. 1021T
Clayton, MO 63105

Telephone: (314) 726-6030

New Commercial Building Rising on Delmar (5101 Delmar)

The Interstate Blood Blank is constructing a $2.5 million new facility at 5101 Delmar in the Academy neighborhood.

Below is a photograph from this weekend showing the progress.

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