St. Louis Neighborhood Development Blog
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Two New Homes Coming to Gaslight Square (4161 and 4163 Olive)

Developer/builder UIC’s three-lot Olive Green development may soon be complete with the construction of two new single family homes located at 4161 and 4163 Olive in the heart of the Gaslight Square development. The home at 4165 Olive was completed nearly a year ago. UIC applied for building permits this week in the amount of $200,000 for 4161 Olive and $220,000 for 4163 Olive. Those building permits have not yet been issued.

Below is a photograph of 4165 Olive (partially obscured by a street lamp–apologies) from last year. According to UIC’s PDF for the Olive Green development, 4161 and 4163 Olive will look nearly identical.


And here is a screen capture of a rendering of the three Olive Green homes together:


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New Six-Unit Residential Structure to be Added to Compton Gate Condominiums Site (3606 Flad)

A new six-unit residential building will rise on the Compton Gate Condos site on South Grand, just west of Compton Heights in the Shaw neighborhood. The parcel is addressed as 3606-16 Flad. The permit amount is $810,000 and the listed contractor is The Building Pros.

The six townhouses will sit to the rear (west) of the existing Compton Gate Condos, completed in 2007. The foundation for this smaller structure was poured around then, but the recession halted construction until now.

Duffe Nuernberger Realty has the site listed as “sold” for the price of $75,000 on its website. That link also contains a rendering, shown below:


These six new townhouse units are styled similarly to the existing building, shown below (image courtesy of Duffe Nuernberger Realty):


Click here for an aerial map, which also shows the already-poured foundation.

Six New Townhouses Coming to Bohemian Hill? (1703 S. Tucker)

The St. Louis Redevelopment Company, LLC has applied for a building permit to construct six new townhouses at 1703 S. Tucker (at the corner of Lafayette) in the Bohemian Hill section of the City (technically within the Peabody Darst Webbe neighborhood). The permit is labeled as “zoning only”, which means the city’s Zoning Section must approve the land use for the site prior to any further work or permit issuance.

The architect on the project may be Anthony Duncan, who has been tasked with designing several outside-of-the-box projects in St. Louis.

One such project is a shipping container structure in the Grove, a project that seems to be stalled. Below is the rendering for that project found on Mr. Duncan’s website:

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In this early stage of the Bohemian Hill project, there are no known renderings or sketches of the proposed Bohemian Hill infill. If we discover such images, we will be sure to post them on this blog.

Nevertheless, it is significant that there is a residential proposal for this large and highly visibly vacant lot. For years the entirety of Bohemian Hill seemed to be threatened with demolition by the encroaching Gilded Age development to the west that now includes a Walgreen’s and local grocer Fields Foods. In fact, in the mid-2000s, Gilded Age even produced a rendering that showed the remaining blocks of Bohemian Hill replaced with a combination of new housing and shops.

If approved, this project could solidify the Bohemian Hill remnant’s preservation. Other early 2000s-era infill exists at 13th and Soulard, shown below:

Photo Credit: Built St. Louis

The six townhouses would be constructed on the vacant lot visible in this photograph. The Old City Hospital, now a residential building known as the Georgian, looms in the background:

Photo Credit: Built St. Louis

Click here to read more on Bohemian Hill, including some photographs of the buildings that were demolished to create the Gilded Age development in the now-gone western portion of the neighborhood, at the Built St. Louis website.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton Hotel Proposal in Forest Park Southeast Moving Forward? (920 S. Taylor)

A 106-room hotel of the Home2 Suites by Hilton variety may soon be under construction at 920 S. Taylor in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. A $5.2 million building permit application is now on file with the City. The permit has not yet been issued. The hotel would sit just a few blocks south of the Medical Center and the Central West End MetroLink Station.

Below is the prototypical design of a Home2Suites-branded Hilton Hotel:


And here is the proposed site plan:

HiltonSiteNote that what is shown in the above site plan as a “pocket park” is now a proposed three-story office building (more on that here).

For more information on this Home2Suites by Hilton development, see the nextSTL coverage here.

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New Home Coming to St. Louis Hills (6474 Kinsey Place)

A new single family home will soon be constructed in the St. Louis Hills Estates subdivision of the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. The address is 6474 Kinsey Place. The permit amount is $300,000. The builder is McKelvey Homes.

A small ranch-style home was torn down earlier this year to make way for this new, larger house. Demolitions are extremely rare in St. Louis Hills, making this teardown a significant change to this otherwise quiet, proto-suburban enclave of the City. St. Louis Hills Estates was one of the last large development sites left in the City of St. Louis corporate limits after World War II. It is one of the only places within city limits that one can find a large concentration of ranch-style homes.

Below is a rendering of the new home from a sign posted at the construction site.


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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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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.


Click here for a map of 2834 McNair.

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.

Click here for a map of 2841 Indiana.

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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New Single Family Home Coming to the Central West End (4321 Maryland)

A new single family home will be constructed at 4321 Maryland in the Central West End. A $300,000 building permit application is on file with the City. The owner is Ryan Denisi.

The home is located in the Central West End Local Historic District and therefore required City approval of design prior to construction. That approval was granted at the March 2014 Preservation Board meeting.

Below is a drawing of the front facade, obtained from the City’s Cultural Resources Office’s March 2014 agenda:


And here is a Google Streetview capture of the current vacant lot:


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Proposed Opus Mixed Use Tower on Lindell Moves Forward (4643 Lindell)

The proposed $68 million development of a 12-story mixed use apartment building at 4643 Lindell is moving forward. The developer, Opus Group, has applied for a $68 million building permit this week. That permit has not yet been issued.

The mid-rise will house 217 apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail space, a pool, and more. To read more on the Opus tower, please read the nextSTL story. Construction is expected to begin this summer.

Below is a rendering of the new mid-rise, courtesy of nextSTL.

The new tower will replace the small American Heart Association building currently on the site.

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Four New Townhouses Headed to Lindenwood Park?

Developers of the Lindenwood Lofts and several new homes to the west are apparently attempting to finish the Lindenwood School development, begun in the mid-2000s, and build on all remaining vacant lots. The owner of the remaining lots is Rothschild Development.

[EDIT (4/4/14 at 6pm): We received a tip that Rothschild has sold the lots to another developer. Presently, we’re unsure of the name of the new developer. We’ll update the post again if we find out!]

[EDIT (4/9/14 at 10:30am): The developer may be Rubicon Corp.]

Four new building permit applications to construct townhouses, each in the amount of $150,000, were received by the City late last month. These permits have not yet been issued. The addresses are 3809, 3811, 3815, and 3817 Linden Tree Lane.

In November 2013, the developer constructed three new homes on the streets that bound the development—Mardel and Lindenwood Place. Now all that remain are four lots designed for two townhouse-style buildings on the west side of Linden Tree Lane.

The homes will most likely be built to match their neighbors across the street (see the example below).


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Cherokee Street Shipping Container Cafe Project Advances (2622 Cherokee)

Might we soon be dining in a series of re-used shipping containers to be assembled at 2622 Cherokee Street? Possibly. Owner of the current vacant lot at the site Jason Deem has applied for a $75,000 permit to construct a commercial building there. That permit has not yet been issued.

The new venture has been widely publicized in local media as it will be St. Louis’s first major commercial project to utilize shipping containers. The restaurant that is set to occupy the new building is called the Empire Cafe, named for the old establishment that once occupied the site in a historic building that was demolished in the mid-2000s.

Current plans look like this (all images were obtained from this Riverfront Times write-up; designs are from Killeen Studio Architects):

(View is looking northeast; buildings in color front Cherokee Street while the black and white facade is the Empire Cafe, set mostly along Texas Avenue.)


Another view:


And another:


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Two-Family Building to be Constructed in the Central West End (4384-86 Olive)

A two-family townhouse building will be constructed on two adjacent vacant lots addressed as 4584 and 4586 Olive Street in the Central West End, just west of Gaslight Square. The owner is Fenix Fund, LLC.

The project sought and was granted preliminary approval from the city’s Preservation Board at its February 24, 2014 meeting. Each parcel shows a $200,000 building permit application. The building permits have not yet been issued.

Below is a drawing of the north (primary) elevation of the two homes obtained from the Cultural Resources Office agenda prepared for the Preservation Board hearing:

Click here to read the Cultural Resources Office agenda item reviewing the Olive proposal (page 23 of the PDF).

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Building Permit Issued for West Pine Lofts Project (4034 West Pine)

A nearly $15,000,000 building permit has been issued for the proposed West Pine Lofts development at 4034 West Pine in the far eastern edge of the Central West End.

Hallmark Campus Communities, a developer that specializes in student-oriented housing, will construct the 206-unit, 4-story all-residential building. Current plans call for storefronts to face Sarah Street, but these storefronts will be filled with community space and a leasing office—not retail or restaurants. Several small scale industrial buildings on West Pine will be demolished to make way for the sprawling development.

For more details on the development, please read the nextSTL story here.

Below is a rendering showing the Sarah elevation (all photos obtained from the nextSTL story above):

And here is a rendering of the West Pine elevation:

The site plan is shown below:

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New Home Under Construction on the Hill (5517-19 Dugan)

A new single family home is under construction on top of two lots addressed as 5517-19 Dugan on the Hill. The permit amount for the construction was $346,000.

Recently, a one-story frame home common to the Hill neighborhood was torn down to accommodate the new house.

Below is a recent photograph of the new construction:

And here is a Geo St. Louis shot showing both the vacant lot at 5519 Dugan (at center) and the now-demolished home at 5517 Dugan (at right). The neighboring house to the west (left) still stands.

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