St. Louis Neighborhood Development Blog
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Stamping Lofts Rehab on the Near North Riverfront Underway (219 Cass)

The $9.8 million rehab of the St. Louis Stamping Lofts, part of the Farmworks development in the city’s Near North Riverfront neighborhood, is well underway.

The Stamping Lofts will house 56 affordable studio apartments geared towards veterans, the homeless, ex-offenders, and other special needs/at-risk populations. The goal of the Farmworks project is to connect these populations with job opportunities on-site, as the other buildings in the Farmworks complex (addressed at 101-125 Cass) will include an urban farm and green business incubator. More information about the development may be found on its website here.

Below is a recent photograph of the structure at 219 Cass, the residential component of Farmworks:


A different angle:


The rehabbed building will soon welcome travelers on the nearby new Mississippi River Bridge (also under construction) to a more sustainable, attractive Near North Riverfront.

Below is a small photograph from Farmworks’ site that shows the building in its previous state of ruin, having suffered a partial collapse following high winds last year (at left). The structure is shown stabilized at right.

Rehab photographs were provided by Ryan Albritton.

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Walnut Park West Rehab Gets the Go Ahead (5609 Goodfellow)

The Riverview-West Florissant Development Corporation is tackling a $115,500 rehab of a single family home located at 5609 Goodfellow in the Walnut Park West neighborhood.

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph showing the structure prior to rehab work:

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Update: Cherokee Street Rehab Underway (3132 Cherokee)

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:

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CORTEX Moves Ahead with $23.5 Million Heritage Building Rehab (4240 Duncan)

The CORTEX development, in its second phase, will add to its ranks a rehabbed Southwestern Bell building at 4240 Duncan, to be called the Heritage Building. The recently issued building permit to turn the old warehouse-style building into lab space was valued at $23.5 million. (As an aside, CORTEX also has planned a new MetroLink station near Boyle Avenue, just adjacent to the Heritage Building).

For more information on CORTEX’s Phase Two development in the eastern portion of the Central West End, including plans for MetroLink, see this January 2012 nextSTL article.

Below is a rendering of a rehabbed Heritage Building:

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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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Click here for the development’s web site.

Shaw Single Family Home to be Rehabbed (4022 Castleman)

A $100,000 building permit has been issued to SS Investing Group, LLC to fully rehab the single family home at 4022 Castleman in the Shaw neighborhood. The home is next door to another recent rehab covered on this blog, 4020 Castleman.

Below is an October 2010 photograph of 4022 Castleman courtesy of Geo St. Louis:

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Rehab of Benton Park West Corner Building Imminent? (2801 Wyoming)

The corner building at 2801 Wyoming in the Benton Park West neighborhood is a heavily frayed mixed use structure that was perhaps a redevelopment long shot in the near term.

Yet Phoenix Redevelopment Group has taken up the task and has been issued a $328,900 permit to fully rehab the building (which the Assessor classifies as a two-family) into 3 units.

Below are some Geo St. Louis photographs of the structure from 2009; its condition today is largely the same.


And here is an oblique view that shows the building’s California Avenue facade.


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Benton Park Structure to be Rehabbed (2117 Withnell)

A $45,000 building permit has been issued for interior and exterior alterations at 2117 Withnell in the Benton Park neighborhood. The permit is for the building’s western half.

Below is a photograph of the entire building. 2117 Withnell is at left.

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Old North St. Louis Four Family to See Rehab (2813-15 N. 13th)

A building permit in the amount of $80,000 has been issued to the owner of 2813-14 N. 13th Street in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. The permit is for conversion of a four family to a two family.

The home is extensively deteriorated, but has been stabilized in the past.

Below is a Google Streetview capture dating to August 2011.

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Fairgrounds Commercial Building to Undergo Rehab (3773 Kossuth)

A commercial building at 3773 Kossuth in the Fairgrounds Neighborhood is under a $75,000 rehab by owner Ruben B. Hicks.

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the building prior to rehab work:

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Unique Tower Grove South Property to Undergo Rehab (3822 McDonald)

The single family home at 3822 McDonald in the Tower Grove South neighborhood will be rehabbed by Garcia Development for $80,000.

The property has a huge setback from the street, nearly backing up the alley. It is likely that the property is very old and predated the buildings built as a part of the subdivision that surrounds it. Anyone with information on this unique block (there are other historic properties with deep setbacks on the block, too), please email and let us know. We’ll post it here!

Below is a Google Streetview capture of the building:

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Update: Lafayette Square Rehab Progressing (1620-24 Dolman)

The row house building at 1620-24 Dolman in the Lafayette Square Historic District (Peabody Darst Webbe neighborhood) is actively under rehab. The three units are under rehabilitation for $80,000 each by Zumwalt Corporation. The last time we checked into the site, permits had not yet been issued (check out a pre-rehab photo on that blog post).

Now, work is underway. See the recent photograph below.

Long ago, the building’s southernmost member of the row (1624 Dolman) was slated for demolition due to advanced deterioration. The matter went before the Preservation Board, where the request for demolition was denied. Instead, the row of three town houses will remain intact and (most likely) occupied for the first time in quite a while.

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Midtown Building to be Rehabbed (3137 Locust)

Per recent permit activity, the old Baumann Safe Company Building at 3137 Locust in Midtown will undergo a light rehab, priced at $28,500. The owners are Ron and Joy Christensen.

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the Baumann Safe Company Building:

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Single Family in Penrose to be Rehabbed (4901 Penrose)

The single family structure at 4901 Penrose in the Penrose neighborhood will be rehabbed at a cost of $103,000 by Ujamaa Community Development Corp. The organization is tackling another rehab a few lots to the west (4917 Penrose - profiled here).

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of 4901 Penrose:

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Shaw Two-Family to be Rehabbed (3817 Russell)

A two-family structure located at 3817 Russell in the Shaw neighborhood is slated to receive a $150,000 rehab, per recent permit activity.

Below is a photograph of the structure from Geo St. Louis:

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