By. Chris Stritzel
The Grove continues to change with the current wave of development wrapping up, a new wave is getting ready to make it's presence. With developments such as 4101 Manchester, Arbor on Arco, Hasta La Vista Apartments on Newstead, Vista Place, The Dogwood and now, 4143 Manchester. 4143 Manchester is an odd development in many ways because of how it is mixed use on a fairly narrow lot. Currently occupied by an 1896 shotgun house (which will be demolished), 4143 Manchester will be a three floor building built as residential and an expansion to the neighboring Everest bar. The planned new building will follow the ultra modern architecture design that is being seen throughout the Grove. The design will include brick, wood and deep blue metal panels. Gray stucco accenting will also be included on the building but primarily on balcony facades.
The current shotgun house sits a few feet back from Manchester while the new building will be built in line with the existing Everest Bar adding to the street wall. The actual expansion of the Everest Bar will have a unique collapsing window along Manchester which allows the business to let fresh air in on nice days. Up stairs, there will be three apartments on floors 2 and 3 totaling 6 units. There will be 4 studio units and 2 one bedroom units. Of these, 4 will have balconies (2 studio and both one bedrooms). The two studio units with the balconies face Manchester while the other two face a neighboring building and sidewalk. The one bedroom units balconies will face the Everest patio and alley. There will be 4 parking spaces in the back.
The planned development is seeking a 10 year tax abatement from the City and will cost $800,000 to execute. Construction could start in January 2019 and end in December 2019. The general contractor is Restoration St. Louis. They recently completed the 4400 Manchester project, are working on Arbor on Arco and have done several other projects in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. Their offices are located along Manchester.