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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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Update: Construction at 4136 Flad in Shaw Well Underway

A new single family home is quickly rising in the Shaw neighborhood, located at 4136 Flad (covered previously on this blog here).

Below is a photograph of the bungalow-style structure from Thanksgiving weekend:

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New Modular Home Headed to the Gate District (3239 Lafayette)

GAA Builders has received a building permit in the amount of $165,000 to construct a modular home at 3239 Lafayette in the Gate District.

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the vacant lot in the western portion of the neighborhood near Grand:

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St. Louis Hills New Single Family Home Under Construction (5951 Jamieson)

A new single family home is under construction at 5951 Jamieson in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. The permit amount for the structure is $290,000.

Below is a photograph of the construction site.

As construction progresses, we will update you with new photographs.

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Update: New Single Family Home in Shaw Now Under Construction (4136 Flad)

A new single family home at 4136 Flad is now under construction. The new home was previously profiled on this blog here.

Below is a shot of the excavation for the foundation:

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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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112-Unit Arlington Grove Mixed Use Development Nearing Completion

Located on a site in the city’s Wells Goodfellow neighborhood that comprises roughly two city blocks, the 112-unit Arlington Grove development is nearing completion.

Like its sister development North Sarah, Arlington Grove is a large, transformative project that is bringing hundreds of new housing units to an area that suffered from high rates of vacancy and abandonment. But unlike North Sarah, Arlington Grove is not strictly new construction: the old Arlington School, vacant for many years, has been resurrected as a residential building for the Arlington Grove development.

As in North Sarah, the developer is McCormack Baron Salazar. Their description of the project follows:

Unit Count: 112
Street: 1617 Burd Avenue
City: St. Louis
State: MO
ZIP Code: 63112


Arlington Grove is a 112-unit development that will create a new community in the 22nd Ward of St. Louis City.  Spearheaded by MBS, St. Louis Housing Authority, KAI Design & Build and Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, the development plan includes:

  • The historic renovation of the abandoned, William B. Ittner-designed Arlington School into townhouses and garden apartments.
  • New, historically representative townhouses and garden apartments developed with sustainable practices and materials.
  • A mixed-use building with apartments above first-floor retail to help recreate the feeling of a dense commercial corridor and to spur further economic development.

Below are a few shots of the development.

Residential units:

One mixed use building and one apartment building that sit flush with Dr. Martin Luther King Drive:

And finally, the old Arlington School, reborn:

So what did the Arlington School look like just a few short months ago? Geo St. Louis contains some old photographs of the structure.

The Arlington Grove development should begin leasing soon.

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New Single Family Home Under Construction in Shaw (4274 Flad)

In May 2012, a sharp-looking Shaw two-family building was demolished following a partial collapse, a rarity for this stabilized and even growing neighborhood.

While the loss of the building was very unfortunate (Geo St. Louis has pictures here), it is perhaps even more remarkable that the lot has already been snapped up and is being built upon.

Below is the second iteration of 4274 Flad, clearly under construction:

Per city records, Paramount Property Development is the owner and the permit amount is $100,000.

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NextSTL has the scoop on a 276 unit new loft building proposed for the Highlands Development, a mixed use office park that has been in development since the early 2000s following the demolition of the Arena.

In addition to the new apartment building, a new office building, “Highlands Plaza Four”, will be constructed immediately east.

Below, from the blog post linked above, is a rendering of the apartment building, dubbed “Highlands Park”:

And here is an aerial drawing showing the site of Highlands Plaza Four (but omitting Highlands Park, which would be located just to the west, towards Hampton, in the drawing).

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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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A New Single Family Home Comes to Lindenwood Park (6969 Oleatha)

A new single family home has been constructed in the Lindenwood Park neighborhood at 6969 Oleatha. The finishing touches are being completed now. The 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is being actively marketed on MLS for $219,000 at the time of this writing.

Below is a MARIS photo of the for sale single family:

A small home sat on the site of this new home until early 2012. Photographs of that home can be found on Geo St. Louis.

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New Medical Building Comes to Northern Edge of the Central West End (4510 Delmar)

A new medical building—Gateway Digestive and Liver Center—is being constructed at 4510 Delmar in the Central West End at an estimated cost of $1 million.

Below is a recent photograph of construction activity:

Most recently, the site was a large vacant lot. Geo St. Louis gives a visual:

As construction progresses, photographs will be posted here. Likewise, if we discover a rendering of the intended final product, we will post it here.

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New Single Family Home Coming to 5231 Bischoff on the Hill

A new single family home is being built at 5231-35 Bischoff in the city’s Hill neighborhood. The large home is being constructed over three city lots. In a neighborhood known for its narrow, shotgun-style homes, this sprawling new house will surely stand out.

Below is a picture of the early construction work:

And here is a shot showing the neighboring home to the east, much smaller in scale.

The site contained a smaller home that was demolished in 2011. It may be seen here in Google Streetview.

If we are able to find a rendering of the home under construction, we will post it here.

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New Grand Bridge Adds Four Decorative Towers

The new Grand Bridge, connecting St. Louis University’s Frost Campus with the Medical Campus, is scheduled to open to traffic on July 14, 2012.

Recently added were four decorative towers.

Below is a street-level shot of the Grand Bridge span with two of the towers visible:

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Midtown’s New Jimmy John’s Under Construction

A new commercial building located at 3822 Laclede in Midtown that will soon house a relocated Jimmy John’s restaurant is nearing completion. Jimmy John’s will be vacating their nearby store on Forest Park Avenue for this new structure located even closer to St. Louis University’s main campus.

Below is a shot of the construction.

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