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.