By. Chris Stritzel
For a while now, we have known that Greenstreet Development has been planning a hotel for their Armory development near SLU's "Prospect Yards" neighborhood. After seeing a rendering over the overall district which showed the hotel along Grand, this rendering offers us our first real look at what may be built there. The Hotel shown is a AC Hotel by Marriott and if built, would become the fourth in the St. Louis region under that flag (there is one planned in Clayton and tow planned in the City). The architecture firm chosen for this hotel is Trivers Associates which is odd since the overall firm has been Arcturis (they even designed the master plan for the project). But the hotel design does offer something existing buildings do not, a new street wall formation along Grand (even though it is pushed back from Grand).
The building will reach down to Scott Street so people exiting the MetroLink at Grand Station can just come up to the hotel via a backdoor. Also include a station level is a small retail space. At Grand, a drop off zone will be built. Underneath it all will be the hotel parking garage. The hotel itself will have 25 rooms per floor if this design carries through and because of its location, the views of Downtown St. Louis and Clayton will be spectacular. The views are so significant that the hotel even includes a Level 7 bar overlooking the City. Overall, the building from Scott (Floor LL3) to Bar Level (Floor 7) is 10 floors.
Meanwhile, this photo below is featured in a video from January 8th, 2018 showing the overall district with a high-rise on this site that IS NOT connected to Grand. As seen, the building is merely an idea or vision as current plans I have seen include the renovation of 501 Prospect, an existing building on site. Based on this look, the high-rise appears to have a modern industrial building look. Whether or not this vision gets built is up in the air but I would be happy with either or and actually prefer the high-rise if it were pushed up to Grand.
Status of the Current Armory Redevelopment
What is featured could technically be called "Phase 2" of the Armory District. So far, there are some changes such as removal of graffiti from the main building and the addition of a "Leasing" sign visible from 64/40. Either way, this project appears to be crawling forward slowly. I actually believe design kinks and financing are still trying to be worked out.