By. Chris Stritzel
As the November 27th Preservation Board meeting nears, the document reveals an expansion plan for the Lafayette Preparatory academy complex at the corner of Mississippi and Lafayette in St. Louis' historic Lafayette Square district. Planned is a two and a half floor addition to an existing building along Lafayette. It will add classrooms and will serve as the new and improved entrance to the school building. Connected to the church at the South West end of the site will be a brand new, ground up construction, of classrooms.
The two floor building will add to the campus and make the neighboring church seem larger as the building will take advantage of the structure. The city's design office is pushing for preliminary approval of the project but some things still have to be addressed I the design. The biggest issue, that was seen in the document, is the "metal fencing does not match neighborhood requirements". Besides this issue, it most likely will be built in its current form as it is created with brick and blend nicely with existing structures nearby and in the overall Lafayette Square neighborhood.
As seen in the renderings and site plan below, the expansion project will double the size of the current Lafayette Preparatory Academy and fill in numerous gaps in the campus. The biggest change out of the entire project will be the new building built along Mississippi as it will replace a vacant parking lot. There is no timeline yet for when we can see this project rise. The owner will most likely will address the fencing issue.
Recently, further North on Mississippi Avenue, Lafayette Square gained two new homes that fit well into the neighborhood's historic design. They are located at Lafayette and Park.
By. Chris Stritzel
In the November 27th Preservation Board Agena document on the city website, a interesting infill project for 1001 Russell Boulevard in Soulard has been found. The new building is a mixed use structure with street level retail and apartments above of those spaces. The planned structure will also have 21 parking spaces that are in the alley of the building. Each parking space serves one apartment in the building. In this case, there will be 21 apartments for, what appears to be, one of St. Louis City’s most popular and fastest growing neighborhoods.
The building will have a design similar to that of the neighboring buildings in the Soulard Neighborhood. So we can expect this to have brown brick. Futhermore, as Greg Johnson on NextSTL points out, this project will join the Trivers designed Russell Apartments at Russell-Gravois-55 down the street and the 7th and Victor project. Combined, all three developments will add 275 apartments to the “hot” market that is the Soulard Neighborhood.
Because this still has to go through the Preservation Board and get approved, it will be a while till we construction on the empty lot that will be replaced by this building. Personally, this project will be a big plus for Soulard as it will draw additional residents to the region and add to the street scape in a great way. The architect for the project is Ebersoldt and Associates based in downtown, so they know our area pretty well.
By. Chris Stritzel
For decades, the prominent Pruitt-Igoe Urban Forest (former home to the public housing project) sat vacant and overgrown. That is why it was called the urban forest. Now, nearly completely cleared off, Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration project could finally become a reality, in a way. The planned development for this lot you may ask? A $350 Million+ development known as Healthworks Village. It will consist of two hotels, hospitals and some office space when construction is supposed to be completed in 2025.
Currently, construction is beginning on the first phase of the project, a Urgent Care hospital, which will be built where Dickson Street used to run through the project. Also part of this phase is the laying of foundations for future development, such as streets and underground infrastructure so that construction can commence on the remainder of the project accordingly. The Urgent Care facility will have only three beds for overnight stays as well as small rooms for less major cases. It will basically be a "MICRO Hospital". The Urgent Care facility will be, in no way, like the planned Micro Hospital at 15th and Locust.
As the more than $1.5 Billion NGA project is wrapping up it's site preparation work, the future of the Pruitt-Igoe site has been in question ever since Paul McKee took it over earlier this year. When he took it over, McKee labeled it as "the crown jewel" of Northside Regeneration. Why? Because of the facilities it will bring to the Northside if the city. Healthworks Village will also complement the NGA development as it will spruce up there area around the development. Not to mention, the future MetroLink Line than could go down Jefferson Avenue.
If MetroLink goes down Jefferson Avenue, we can see more development along that street as it is a major thoroughfare through the city. Furthermore, Heakthworks Village will deal with the eyesore known as “Pruitt-Igoe”. Even though this phase of the project is small compared to the overall plan for the site, it is a start and will help shape the Jefferson Avenue corridor for years. Although less urban, it is the “smart start” to the true Northside Regeneration Project.
While these plans commence and get underway, Paul McKee’s Gas Station and Grocery Store North of Downtown on Tucker, has stalled. That would’ve been a $20 Million investment into the Near Northside neighborhood and Downtown in general. But hey, at least Paul McKee isn’t sitting around doing nothing anymore. He still has tons of land to redevelop on the Northside and into the Central Corridor, better hurry up Paul.
By. Chris Stritzel
The Downtown Hotel boom could possibly continue if a message from a reader is true. The message? A 20 Floor Hotel for downtown just East of Busch Stadium on the vacant lot at Spruce and Broadway/4th. While the legitimacy of this rumor cannot be confirmed, he said that the plan has been underway since April and could end up being a Hyatt Place Hotel. If that is the case, it will be the first Hyatt Place branded hotel in the City and 3rd in the region.
If built, the hotel will serve the stadium, Downtown, Ballpark Village and Arch grounds. It will add 225+ hotel rooms to downtown.
By. Chris Stritzel
Following City Wide opposition, plans are being resubmitted for a apartment building at 226 East Lockwood in Webster Groves. Planned is a 3 floor building that will be built on the Former YMCA building. This plan replaces the original 5 floor proposal from August. That plan, as I have said, drew massive opposition because of its height and how it did not match the neighborhood really well. The name of that development was 226 Lofts. The new name for this development does not have the address in its name, it will be called Ridge House Apartments.
Because the Design was scaled back to meet the opposition of the neighborhood, and city, it isn’t as significant as it could be. At 44 units, it will be pretty small. Included in the 1.5 acre site plan is approximately 67 parking spaces. The design is also better as it includes a better design to fit into the neighborhood. The developer is Sangita Capital Partners based on St. Louis. They built the “Standard Apartments” at Forest Park and Vandeventer. That development has been highly successful. This project though could also be successful, that is if it is her built.
Chances of neighborhood opposition for this plan is high. It’s just what goes with the development. As previously stated on my last post on the 226 Loft Project, the same concern could grow in this project. That concern is that crazy college students from nearby Webster Univeristy could move in thus making people’s homes not so valuable. That concern can be addressed as she limits of renters can be set. That’s what may happen if the developer wants to see this project built.
Below is the rendering of the now Former, 226 Lofts Project. That one was five floors.
Below are additional renderings of the planned Ridge House Apartments. They show their elevation along numerous streets and show different perspectives. Personally, I hope this plan gets passed with little to no opposition. It is needed as millennial date choosing to live in Apartments and Condos and take part in “urban living”.
By. Chris Stritzel
Today, plans were released by Former City Health Director Pamela Walker and Chairman of St. Alexius’ Emergency Room, Sonny Saggar, to build a new Micro Hospital in Downtown West. The new development will hopefully rise at the corner of 15th and Locust on a vacant lot owned by Sonny. It is next door to Larry Rice's closed down NLEC Building (hopefully that will go away soon). It will be the first Micro Hospital concept in the region and serve the numerous residents and workers in Downtown and the surrounding area.
The whole new experiment will add 24 hospital beds to downtown (the only in downtown). It will also be built on Locust, the downtown street that has been seeing a number of new revitalization projects happen around it, most notably, two blocks East, the Shell Building will soon undergo a major restoration to turn it into a hotel. The Central Library is also nearby. This will be 5 floors tall if the renderings are correct. The total job count will be at 100 when and if the hospital opens. It appears that it will be built though as numerous investors are signing up to invest in the planned non-profit hospital.
The planned hospital will add to density downtown and will add to the street scape. Sadly, it should include at least a small retail space because Locust Street is prime real estate and right next door to the very trendy avenue known as Washington. It would do wonders but I understand if the addition of retail is not possibility. The plans have a full size emergency room built into the facility which will result in shorter emergency hospital response times in St. Louis. I am willing the bet that the Emergency Room drive up will be on St. Charles Street considering that emergency activity should steer clear of one of the major Downtown streets.
The developer is Lawrence Group who is partnering with Pamela Walker and Sonny Saggar, they released the renderings today. The cost will be $70 Million.
More details will be available as time goes on. Very exciting project for Downtown West and transformational for the hospital system in St. Louis.
This story was broke by the Riverfront Times.
Additional Renderings were featured on the News 4 report. They show a aerial Rendering and up close view from the street. The building will be built right up to the NLEC Building. We will contact the Lawrence Group or Ms. Walker to receive these Renderings, until then, the News 4 Branding will have to stay.
I emailed Pamela Walker again about this project and she got back to me and stated...
”We are working on several fronts simultaneously and in different stages:
- Obtaining IRS non-profit status
- Obtaining a Certificate of need
- Putting together financing
- Finding a home. Either new construction or putting one of our many vacant downtown buildings into a higher and greater community use.
- Lining up political and community support.
It is a slow process and a lot of balls are up in the air. We will keep you informed of our progress and as we get more details and options we will seek community input and support.
As a downtown homeowner I want to assure you that community and economic benefit is a must have for us.”
In other words, this project is still moving forward but slower than expected.
By. Chris Stritzel
As St. Charles continues to grow, led by the massive Streets of St. Charles Development, a new building will rise here. The new building in question? A 60,000 square foot office and retail building that will be the second to last structure to be built on the Streets of St. Charles site. Along the bottom floor, 20,000 square feet of retail space will be available for retailers and restaurants. They do really well here. Above, 40,000 square feet of office space for anything from small offices to corporate satellite offices.
This has been declared as “Phase Two” of the Project even though there has been far more things built here that were not part of Phase 1. In particular, a large Residential Building, Parking Garage and AMC Movie theater have been built. In addition, some outlets have been developed and a Drury Hotel just opened on the Property. As stated earlier, this will be the second to last building built in the property as it will only only occupy the space directly below the current Drury Hotel. The last parcel to be developed is to the Due east. That is expected to be a Office tower Renderings revealed a while ago. No timeline for that has been announced yet.
This building joins the building boom at the Streets of St. Charles even though it begins in next year. Currently ongoing at the site, another Hotel, a Tru By Hilton, is under construction at the southern end of the site. That should be open by the Spring time. The Rendering on that project is below. The Streets of St. Charles replace an area favorite called “Noah’s Ark”, a restaurant that stood at the site.
By. Chris Stritzel
An old school just North of the old Stix Baer and Fuller in Downtown Clayton will soon see new life as a daycare Center and "University" owned by Centene. The old school is the Maryland School situated at 7501 Maryland avenue. The school is in an older part of Clayton and just South of Westmoreland Avenue is. The design modernizes the building while keeping its original façade and design (with the exception of some new trees and curb cuts).
The design is by HOK and construction will be done by Clayco (who is currently building Centene's massive campus expansion a few blocks South) according to documents on the City of Clayton website. Of course there will be daycare here (as it is included in the name). The daycare will be situated on the first floor (AKA Floor 2) and will have an outdoor playground to the North of the School. The first floor will also include rooms for Pre-School activities as well as sleeping rooms for infants. The floor also contains the building's offices and shipping/receiving dock. There will be a new addition onto the building on the Northwest corner of the structure. It will closely match the design of the existing structure.
The second floor (AKA Floor 3) will be classrooms for Centene's University. Basically, it will be training to work for Centene. There will be no sleeping quarters for students. An addition on the front of the building will be built to add space. as seen in the above rendering, it looks really good. On the basement level (Floor 1), the main lobby will be accessible and access to the parking lot along Jackson will be available.
The parking lot will be expanded as well for both University students and faculty who will work at the Maryland School building. Within this lot, and the main entrance on Maryland, a drop off/pick up zone will be available for people's convenience. There will also be 4 curb cuts here (2 on Maryland and 2 on Jackson). While there is no timeline on Clayton's website, it appears to be moving ahead as design changes were approved yesterday.
Financing also appears to be in place as well. When this project gets underway, and eventually completed, it will be a huge win for Preservationists as it saves an older school. The location to the historic "Hanley House" is about a block and a half away.
Please see map below for better location.
Below are additional renderings showing the building during the day as well as elevation plans.
By. Chris Stritzel
It has been in the works for a while, but after a public meeting a little bit ago, the Loop Net listing gives us a look at how the building will look. Tenants have already been named (Five Guys and Smoothie King). The building will be 4000 square feet and replace an abandoned gas station. It is located at 6424 Chippewa Street. The way the building will be set up is the back of the building will be built right up to the sidewalk (just like the AT&T and Qdoba building across the street). This will give it a more urban feel than what it actually is.
On the opposite side, a parking lot to serve the building. There will also be a drive thru made specifically for Smoothie King. Smoothie King will occupy 1200 square feet in the building and will be walk in-walk out and drive they only. The other 2800 square feet will be occupied by the city’s first Five Guys. It’s an odd layout but is far better than having a vacant gas station sitting on this prominent lot. Further West on Chippewa, a old Fazolis was converted into an IHOP and near Hampton and Chippewa, a monster Chick-Fil-A is under construction. It replaced a old Music/Movie store.
Across the street from Chick-Fil-A, at Hampton and Mardel, a old office building is being converted into 10 small apartments. Further South on Hampton, the old American Eagle bank is opening as apartments soon. In all, this strip center project will add to the small, and less urban, building boom that St. Louis Hills is experiencing. Construction is supposed to start before years end and wrap up in the Fall of 2018. The site plan for this project can be found below.
There will be 22 Parking Spaces (and 2 Handicapped Spaces) included in this development. It will total out to be 24. No word yet on whether there will be access to the alley to the South of the Building.
By. Chris Stritzel
Looking around the Trivers and Associates website last night, I stumbled across a rendering of a building that was not on the website last week. The Rendering shows a very modern, and odd, looking building that appears to be on the vacant lot at Sarah and Forest Park. The description states residential and office space as well as a Parking Garage. Some would say that this could just be a trashed plan that went in favor of the plan that included he ALOFT Hotel, Microsoft Building and other things. I beg to differ.
The Aloft project has its own page on HDA’s website, this is something completely different. It is in a entirely different lot than those other projects and feature different numbers than those announced when Cortex Phase 3 was Unveiled. While the building looks odd, you can tell it is meant for Cortex. It has a very scientific looking exterior that matches the startup incubator and bio tech hub that Cortex.
Who knows but maybe, just maybe, this is Cortex Phase 4. We don't know if it is until official information is given. Maybe this project is just a concept. Who knows.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.