By. Chris Stritzel
On a day that seems to never end as far as development news is concerned, another project has surfaced and this time for the quiet City of Webster Groves in the County. Plans for this project call for a 5 floor apartment building with ground floor retail to be built on the site of the now closed YMCA. According to official City of Webster Groves documents, the plan was originally proposed on July 7th but the news has began to grow as neighborhood opposition (NIMBYs) are beginning to attack the project for many reasons.
Here are some of the concerns being voiced by the potential neighbors of this development...
1. Will it bring college students to the neighborhood?
2. how much traffic will there be?
3. OH MY! 5 Floors?!
4. 89 Parking Spaces?!
5. What will be the retailer on the first floor?
While all are viable reasons to be alarmed, it could do more good for the neighborhood that this would be in rather than not. Who wants an abandoned structure in their area? No one. So this will be a good replacement considering that it stays Residential and its size. However, no resident should be worried about the project as it would be set back from existing structures and the street so that it doesn't feel "to urban". The design will fit well with the neighborhood and will age overtime as trees block the building out.
In total, the building will have less than 60,000 square feet of space (including the 3,000 square foot retail portion), 89 parking spaces and 50 housing units. The plan also calls for the reworking of the sidewalks so that they can become "friendlier" with the project. The name of the project is very simple, "226 Lofts".
At the time of this story's writing, the Webster Groves Commission has postponed a vote on the project,. the next public meeting regarding this will take place on October 2nd
Below is a link button to the official Webster Groves City Document. it includes more drawings and schematics and what not.