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 Holiday Inn on Lindell @ Euclid (outdated)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.
By. Chris Stritzel
Even though these Renderings have been around for sometime according to the photo date the computer gives it, they were just publicly released onto Trivers website. The new Renderings reveal what some of the interior of the building will look like. In case no one knows, the Building is the LaSalle building directly North of the Metropolitan Building. While the exterior rendering has been around for some time, the interior offers a new look at how the historical design of the building will be brought back when it opens in the middle in 2018.
As we can see, the hotel’s restaurant (one the second floor) will restore an old fashioned ceiling that was possibly original (but I have never been inside so I don’t know). The restaurant will serve as the breakfast area as well as a public restaurant the will be open in the afternoon and evening on a day to day basis. Take a look at the rendering below to see what I mean.
The hotel rooms is where a unique experience takes place. Not many hotel rooms in St. Louis have bay windows. This hotel will have bay windows in the rooms. Something truly unique. Within all the rooms, the old design of the building shines through the unique drop downs on the ceiling. The bay windows will be a nice place to sit and enjoy the city in all its glory. They will also be a good place to sit and work on a computer and/or have a cup of coffee. All beautifully restored to show the true charm that the LaSalle Building is and was.
However, the rooms appear to be small. Even though there is probably the extra bathroom and closet in the room, it appears quite narrow but that is what is expected when the building itself is very thin.
When the hotel opens in May 2018, it will add no more than 100 rooms to the Downtown market. The downtown hotel market is way over saturated as it is, but the inclusion of this with more than 5 additional hotels in the planning or construction process, downtown will be truly overbuilt in terms of hotel space.
All in all, it is great to see an older building coming back in a new form.
By. Chris Stritzel
It has been a year since the Project designed by Trivers and would be built by Spencer Development was revealed. Now, a new design, that is not very appealing, is ready to begin. The 7 Floor structure will be mixed use and will add to the new entrance to the Grove. When it begins construction this December/Early January, it will be the third under construction building on the corner of Chouteau/Sarah/Vandeventer/Manchester. The other two are Chroma (formerly Chouteaus Grove) and a new White Castle.
According to Balke Brown-Transwestern, who is marketing the office and retail space in the building, it will be a one of a kind mixed use building that will include office space in one of the most “hip” neighborhoods in the city. The second floor will be just parking for the tenants of the office portion and residences. The entirety of the third floor of the building will be dedicated to office space. In addition, the third floor will include a terrace for office tenants to use (and possibly the residents). Floors 4-7 are strictly residential, which is good considering the Grove is popular among millenials. Finally, the first floor will be mostly retail and will be home to a soaring, 20 foot all glass lobby for the office and residences.
See the below diagram to understand what I mean.
While the design is not the best, it will add to the Grove and the local economy. While the office space won’t be home to a Headquarters or major corporate office, it will be home to small tenants (like those found in T-Rex in Downtown). Apartment units in the building may also be in range of the numerous new apartment projects in the Grove (Chroma, 4321 Manchester and 4400 Manchester). Most of the new construction has names of their addresses rather than unique names.
When this begins, it will add much needed space to the Grove and be far better than a vacant lot at the entrance to the Grove.
Gone are the days of this design originally proposed last November and designed by Trivers Architects. I found this design to be far more attractive than what will be built here, but that’s just my opinion.
By. Chris Stritzel
It has been nearly 8 months since the April 4th Election when the measure to direct sales tax money to fund the MLS Stadium failed. With that failure came the potential failure of a Fairfield Inn and Suites on the old Harry’s Bar site just West of the 22nd Street Interchange. Another project, in suburban Richmond Heights, has been in the works for some years. Both projects would be developed and owned by Equis Hotels. Today, Building St. Louis requested information regarding these two hotel projects. We got a response back from Equis almost immediately regarding these projects and have been given permission to share said information.
Fairfield Inn Downtown
As said earlier, many believed this hotel would have died when the soccer stadium failed to come to fruition. This is far from true. According to Equis, “we hope to break ground in Late December”. They claim that doing so would, “make the hotel readily available” for the 2019 traveling season. The hotel will feature a 2 story parking garage serving the hotel and it’s guests. This would be to the South of the hotel building itself. On the Northern end of the 1 acre site, the hotel will stand, it will be 5 Floors Tall and have 125 hotel rooms.
There will also be restiarant/bar space on the Market Street side of the development paving be way for a tenant to move in upon completion. While Equis will not say if they are disappointed with the MLS Stadium not being passed and/or built, it’s safe to say, it doesn’t bother them that much. According to them, this hotel will serve the reimagined Union Station as well as Washington Avenue. “When you have a Hotel so close to something so historic that is coming back to life, like Union Station, it helps our hotel marketing process, not to mention, the MetroLink Station 3 blocks away at Union Station”.
The hotel will cost $19 Million to construct and open in Spring 2019.
Hotel at Clayton/Brentwood BLVD
Following their large success with the Homewood Suites just next door to the site, Equis is moving forward to bring their other hotel at Clayton and Brentwood BLVD. Standing at 10 Floors Tall, it will be among one of the several Hotels to be constructed in the Clayton-Richmond Heights-Brentwood area of the county since 2009. Equis has stated to Building St. Louis that this hotel will be “a Marriott Hotel, possibly a AC Hotel, but that is not finalized at this time”. If it were to become a AC Hotel, it would be the first Hotel in the region to fly under that flag.
“We hope to start on this before the end of January and have it opened by Fall 2019”. The project will include a rooftop lounge that will be unique and have 200 guest rooms. Connected to the hotel will be a 450 Car parking garage to serve the new hotel and the existing Homewood Suites. With the hotel’s proximity to Clayton, the Galleria, The Boulevard and a nearby MetroLink Station, it will be the place to stay for visitors. Final
cost: $50 Million.
“We believe by constructing this hotel on this specific corner, we can dramatically change the Brentwood Boulevard Corridor and Clayton Avenue. We hope this hotel becomes just as, or more, successful as our Homewood Suites next door. This is a opportunity to introduce visitors to the next generation of hotels in the St. Louis area”.- A representative from Equis said. “Right now, we are finalizing the plans and hope to have an official announcement soon”.
This hotel will nearly complete the development plan from the pre-recession era to build up the area around the University Club Tower.
Slowly Gaining Back Our Losses
This is off the course of this story, but with these hotels, the St. Louis Region is slowly gaining back it’s pre-recession building boom. The recession really impacted the St. Louis Region development wise, now we are gaining back the “on hold” developments as well as new ones. Who knows what the future may hold but we will be back on the upswing.
By. Chris Stritzel
Plans have gotten out to restore a run down building on Locust East of Jefferson, and Build all new things West of Jefferson in the Downtown West-Midtown area. It will connect Downtown West to Midtown Alley, which eventually connects to the Grand Center Neighborhood.
The Mendenhall Building (former home of Mendenhall Ford) is the first structure to be restored on this game changing and major development. It is in a neighborhood perfectly positioned for major redevelopments to the East and West along Locust. So what will this restoration consist of? The project will take a year alone and will consist of just office space (small spaces) and retail space. The retail space will flow through the building to the St. Charles side where it will bring street life closer to Washington Avenue.
As seen in the rendering below, from the St. Charles side, it will have a nice look. Scorch, a marketing agency located nearby, will be an initial tenant for the office space.
The entire Locust Street plan (from 28th to Beaumont) will consist of new construction and historic rehab. According to the developer, plans will involve a Boutique Hotel (Bottom of Page), some Lofts, some Office Space and Shipping Container Retail spaces. A Parking Garage is also planned. These other, significant projects, are all part of a $55 Million+ plan to breathe life into Locust Street between Jefferson and mid Town Alley. Lets learn about those plans.
North of AT&T's midtown operations building, The Beaumont Telephone building, a 100,000 square foot abandoned building will be converted into lofts and more office space. It is something that previous developers could not do but could happen this time around. Next door, to the east of the Beaumont Building, a parking garage with ground level retail will be built to serve the hotel and the office and loft space. Plans are also in the works for a 125 Room Hotel whether that be EVEN by Intercontinental or something else. The building can be seen at the bottom of the page.
Finally, the most unique portion of this major project, will be directly to the North of the Hotel-Parking Garage-Loft Building, will be a 80 shipping container retail zone. Shops and restaurants can open in this unique experiment. Supposedly, a craft brewery is in the works and would compliment the shipping container Development to the due East at Jefferson and Locust. (This could also just be something to do with the container project but until official word is said, it stays)*.
More information on this project will be available by the Early Spring when construction is supposed to start up. The whole project, everything in all, is supposed to be completed by late 2019 or early 2020.
Today, the Hotel Rendering got out. It is designed by Trivers Associates and will be 10 Floors Tall. It also gives us a look at the parking garage design. The garage design mimics that of the hotel tower. The hotel design it self looks somewhat similar to this Scion Hotel in Dallas. This though may be named something else than a Scion or EVEN Hotel. While it may be a placeholder, the hotel could be named “Jefferson Hotel”. We will not know the official name of the hotel until around Spring 2018.
The location of the hotel can be seen in the map created above.
By. Chris Stritzel
Environmentally Sustainable and truly beneficial. When construction begins on this $20 Million Aquaponic Farm in Wellston, it will be a key investment into this community. The “farm” of sorts will create several new, entry level jobs for the community of Wellston. The owner, from Minnesota, sees something in Wellston to build a new structure that will employ many people, a majority of whom, could very well be new to the workforce.
According to the owner, the farm is meant to be a learning experience that is fun and educational. Basically, it will help prospective people who are looking at having a job in horticulture, become a reality. Besides the educational stand point, the building will also be one that is truly renewable. The structure would be lowered by...
- Solar Panels on the Roof
- Some wind turbines
These will make the building run off of 100% renewable energy second only behind Alberci along Interstate 170 in Olivette.
Construction should begin early next year and wrap up in Winter 2018 or Spring 2019. When completed, the Aquaponic Farm will grow plants and be a fish hatchery. All renewable resources and an educational development that will surely spruce up Wellston. Personally, I can’t wait to see this completed.
By. Chris Stritzel
Today's edition of the Post-Dispatch brought some new renderings and a whole lot of information that confirms rumors and gives us more information than what we originally wanted. Lets start with the tenants.
According to the Post-Dispatch, the most notable office tenant to move into Ballpark Village will be Pricewaterhouse Cooper, the accounting firm that has been rumored since February to move into the BPV 100 Office Building. They sent in a letter of intent to the Cordish companies to move in when the building is competed in Fall 2019. Another big name will occupy 30,000 square feet of space in the neighboring retail building, it will be a fitness center similar to the one in Kansas City known as One Life Fitness. Lastly, Wahlburger, who recently announced that they would expand into the St/ Louis market, also sent a letter of intent to move into the Village.
No information on the rumored Rawlings Fan Experience has been released.
Now to the square footage, how much leasable space has been taken away by these announcements? Well...
1. Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC) will occupy 50,000 square feet of the 120,000 square feet of office space in the 10 floor building. This will also include a 460 car, underground parking garage that will serve the Hotel and Offices that will be on this block.
2. One Life Fitness will occupy 30,000 square feet of retail space on the 3 floor building's upper floors out of the leasable 40,000 square feet of space. The grocery store (AKA, Market), will presumably occupy the remaining 10,000 square feet of space.
3. Left over is the Office/Hotel Building first floor and the Residential Tower's Base. Combined, those two have 34,000 square feet of retail space. No information regarding tenants have been announced for these spaces but Wahlburger could be one of them.
Moving on from tenants and square footage, naming of the buildings have also been released. The office Building we be known as "BPV 100 Office". Simple and a nod to the block system at Ballpark Village. Opposite of the office building, at Clark and 8th, is the Live! By Loews Hotel. The small, 3 floor retail building (up from 2) will be known as "The Market". And the grand prize of them all, the 30 floor residential tower, will be known as "One Cardinal Way Apartments", once again, a nod to its address within the village.
Lets talk about "One Cardinal Way Apartments".
One Cardinal Way Apartments
The centerpiece of Ballpark Village Phase 2 will be this 30 floor residential tower at Clark and Broadway. A modern design will take this building to heights unseen in Downtown since the completion of the Eagleton Courthouse in 2000. The height of this building, to the tip of the roof top framework, will be around 350 feet tall. The tower will also make an impact on the skyline when viewed from the East and South. A skyline impact will also be relevant if viewed from certain areas to the South-West. One Cardinal Way will have 297 Apartment units spread out over 24 floors. At the base level, as said earlier, 10,000 square feet of retail space will be available as well as a parking garage capable of holding 523 cars.
Overall, this tower will make Ballpark Village a "Village" once it is competed in 2020. Yes, you read that right, 2020. Even though this will be the first building to break ground out of Phase 2, due to its height and concrete frame, it will take 2.5 years to complete. That is no problem as a tower crane will be visible downtown for, at most, 2 years.
As seen in the rendering below, One Cardinal Way will look stunning when traveling South on Broadway. The tower has a very urban feel to it, as it should since it is downtown.
In conclusion, we will see construction fully start by the first week on December according to the Cordish Companies and construction wrap up in Early 2020. By then, chances are a Phase 3 will have been announced and/or started by then.
Below is the rendering of the Live! By Loews Hotel that was released back at the beginning of October. This story comes three days before one year since Phase 2 was announced. Below the Image is a button where you can access our Ballpark Village Project Update Page.
By. Chris Stritzel
The first new building in decades on St. Louis Community College’s Forest Park Campus is going to begin construction in 2019. The new 4 Floor Building will replace an existing structure from the 1960s that is not very nice to look at. The new building will be built right up to Oakland in an urban style design. The new building will also be the
Demolition on the current building will begin in 2019 and the new facility supposedly opening in late 2020/early 2021. The project, at least I believe, is a start to changing and modernizing the Forest Park Campus replacing structures that by 2020, will be 60 years old.
This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
By. Chris Stritzel
As many of you are aware, we introduced a new category on Building St. Louis. That category is Project Updates. So far, we have three pages set up representing three major projects in both the city and county. They are linked at the bottom of the page. We decided to make these pages as accurate as possible as most people will be interested in the bottom line of the projects. These pages will be updated regularly and feature construction images of these projects all the way up to their completion.
All pages feature the same layout. So give them a try for us. Your feedback is valuable! We have more Project Update pages coming soon. They are...
- SSM St. Louis University Medical Center
- City Foundry
- NGA West.
To view the ones that we have currently, click the buttons below to be taken to their respective pages!
By. Chris Stritzel
I was reading the Webster-Kirkwood Times, yesterday and learned of a plan to change Kirkwood dramatically. A new plan is being drawn up to make traditional Downtowns, like Kirkwood, into new businesses and entertainment centers that draw millenials and others to them to explore and stay. It’s all a sign of the changing times and things to come. To keep Kirkwood alive and well, a plan will be drawn to build new things, expand development locations and even take the height limit of 4 floors away thus potentially making Kirkwood an economic powerhouse.
The mayor of Kirkwood sure agrees with the idea of changing the city. So much so, he has put himself on the board to change the city. So what will the project consist of? Lets list it...
- A new entertainment center that will replace some outdated buildings with a movie theater and shops and restaurants.
- Take away the height limit and grow the community upwards in terms of density.
- Make downtown Kirkwood more pedestrian friendly and have more community events planned that draws the community closer together.
- Improve experiences for the Millenial age by doing things that they are interested in.
- Make modern and beautiful affordable housing in Downtown to boost the population.
- Honor the past now.
The concept drawing as we see at the beginning of this post clearly shows us what will become of Downtown Kirkwood in terms of an entertainment district. New government buildings will be mixed with retail to form a new town square. While the plans are still in early development, it is certainly the step in the right direction for Kirkwood. Overtime, a full plan will be released detailing the major plan to make Kirkwood a true powerhouse community and business wise.
But it will be met with opposition.
Building St. Louis received an email regarding this situation from someone detailing themself as a “NIMBY” (Not in my backyard). It reads,
I am concerned about my town. This plan that the government wants to implement will almost certainly raise my taxes and bring new residents in to this town that are not desirable. College kids and millennials, that this plan is trying to draw to Kirkwood, will ruin our quiet community with an overly excessive party attitude. My community and I do not want this atmosphere around our children and grandchildren. That type of attitude and atmosphere is for the City of St. Louis and University City, But Not Kirkwood.
I sure hope this project and plan is not carried out or implemented. For the sake of all things good, I hope this plan is just a vision and not a real thing. If it is real, I will oppose of the plan at every civic meeting. Kirkwood is fine as it is, we don’t need to change. Change brings unwanted issues such as crime and a housing crisis.
In in other words, this plan is rubbish.
For privacy concerns, we will not list the author’s name. Basically, this Downtown Kirkwood Plan will be Met with strong competition. But who am I to say that she is wrong or not? This could be highly beneficial for Kirkwood but who knows. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.