It has been a very busy start to the week in terms of development news whether that be new project designs, renderings and more. Today, we not have a new project to talk about, an AC by Marriott Hotel. The rendering was found by UrbanSTL Forum user, Arch City, today. The hotel is an interesting one as it will be the third AC by Marriott Hotel in the region when it opens. The other two are the Jefferson Arms in Downtown and in Richmond Heights at Clayton and Brentwood Boulevard. But lets get back on track. This AC Hotel will be located on York avenue just West of Euclid and due East of the Chase Park Plaza.
The hotel will add a new boutique hotel to Central West End and fill the void for an affordable hotel near Maryland Plaza that is both stylish and modern. There are 3 other hotels along Euclid Avenue. Those three are...
1. Parkway Hotel at Forest Park Parkway and Euclid (anchors the Southern End)
2. Holiday Inn on Lindell @ Euclid (outdated)
3. Chase Park Plaza on Kingshighway (expensive)
This Hotel will be fourth hotel and will add some pizazz to the side street known as York Avenue. York currently looks like an alley and has numerous lots that are ugly for the area. They seem out of place so this will be a great infill to have within this area. The AC Hotel will rise to be 10 floors tall and will offer views of Central West End and the City when looking East (these will be the more expensive rooms). On the West, views are of the Chase Park Plaza and the Parking Garage serving the Chase.
As we have seen with numerous proposals North of Lindell, this one will surely be a project that NIMBYs will attack at every chance they get. In the rendering above, OPUS proposed a 28 floor residential tower at Lindell and Euclid in 2005. As we can see, it would look familiar to the Park East Tower 3 blocks South. This proposal was shot down by NIMBYs because of how big it was. Several years later, in 2013, OPUS came back in proposed Citizen Park for the property. After numerous design changes, the tower would be built at 12 stories and became a reality. Strong neighborhood opposition swirled about this project alone.
In regards to the AC Hotel, chances are that more residents will be up in arms as this would make Euclid "more commercialized" and "take the charm way from an area that is made up largely of older buildings". The neighbors who will be most angry by the hotel plan are those of the Chase Park Plaza. Those people spend millions to have their views and will be extremely pissed by a 10 floor building rising in the way of their views.
Until public meetings are held (which haven't been announced since this was "found by snooping around" according to Arch City), it will be hard to tell whether or not opposition will meet this project. Bets are that opposition will come... and it will be swinging.
Marriott Expands in St. Louis
Over the past two years, Marriott has been expanding rapidly in the St. Louis area. More than 12 (we can only think of 12) Locations (2 dual brand) have been proposed and built and/or under construction. This AC hotel would be the 12th Marriott Hotel location in St. Louis upon opening (that is if it gets built).
1 and 2. Residence Inn/Courtyard: Near Interstate 270 & Manchester Road
3 and 4. Residence Inn/Courtyard: Westport
5. Courtyard by Marriott: The Crossings at Richmond Heights
6. Hotel St. Louis: Autograph Collection-705 Olive Street
7. AC Hotel: Jefferson Arms
8. AC Hotel: Richmond Heights
9: AC Hotel: Central West End
10. Fairfield Inn: 22nd Street Interchange
11. Marriott Grand: Downtown on Washington
12. Courtyard: Downtown-Convention Center
As time goes on, we will update this story to accommodate announcements.
The Post-Dispatch revealed a new rendering of the hotel. It is now 7 Floors and a lot less stylish. It will have 192 rooms and cost $40 Million to build. Construction will begin in the Spring of 2018 and wrap up in mid to late 2019. This is the first step to truly utilize York Avenue. To bad the other half of the street is a parking garage. Because the hotel is now shorter, and two curb cuts were created to serve the Chase's Parking Garage, chances of neighborhood opposition have fallen. That is a good thing.
The developer of the project is HomeBase LLC based in Montana. The Co-Developer is Koplar who restored Maryland Plaza in 2004 and has ambitious plans to build a skyscraper at Lindell and Kingshighway. Those plans are still under the wraps. HomeBase also has the former Clayton Police Department Building under contract for a $45 Million, 200 room hotel for Downtown Clayton. Those plans are still in development.