By. Chris Stritzel
If you live in St. Louis, chances are, you may have heard about the Chemical Building. Many people know it by it's distinct Red Brick that stands out among the buildings in Central Downtown. Many people also know that the building has sat abandoned for years and redevelopment plans have come in gone. Most notably, the late 2000's redevelopment that would have been known as "Alexa Apartments". This plan began construction and failed to be completed due to the Recession in 2008. Interior demolition was underway when the plan failed and has sat lifeless ever since.
Now, it is time for a new plan.
Morgan Communities form the State of New York recently purchased the property and wants to move extremely fast on getting this building reopened to the public. As the restoration is about to begin, it would kick off the last redevelopment of a structure within the Old Post Office District of Downtown. Directly next-door, Adler & Sullivan's 705 Olive Street building is being converted into a Marriott Autograph Hotel and Apartments and a few blocks away, the 900 block of Locust Street is being redeveloped as Lofts, but the prize here is the Chemical Building.
The Chemical Building, being the largest remaining abandoned structure around the Old Post Office, is the most significant. So what will this redevelopment bring? We reached out to Morgan Communities and their response was...
Basically, more of what Downtown already has only Micro-Apartments are a new thing to the region. Those types of apartments are normally found in larger cities like New York or Chicago but not in a City like St. Louis. The Chemical Building redevelopment will be yet another Abandoned Building brought back to life in one of the most un-orthodox downtown renaissances in the nation. while other cities build new structures, St. Louis values our Historic Buildings and deal with them first before building new structures. In all, after the Chemical Building gets underway within the next month, Downtown will have 3 large remaining structures to bring back to life. Those are...
While there are smaller abandoned buildings, they reside in high profile areas. Because of this, they will see new life soon. Morgan Communities has issued window replacement proposals to companies already to have the windows replaced on the building. Since the Chemical Building has been abandoned for so long, vandalism on the upper floors in visible the street, so expect that graffiti to disappear within the coming weeks as well.
This story will be updated.