By. Chris Stritzel
After decades of being abandoned, the old St. Luke's hospital seems to be ready to be transformed into something new. The project that is supposed to replace it? A new mixed-use project that will transform the old hospital into housing units and office space. This would help add more residents to the Delmar area and hopefully extend the loop district east towards Kingshighway. Extending the loop east will be transformational for the whole Delmar Boulevard as a whole, it would also help heal the Delmar divide which has given the national perception of St. Louis a bad look. But What is this project you may ask? It's called Delmar Divine.
Built in partnership with the build a bear workshop founder and Bob Clark of Clayco Design-Build corporation, the ones who are building the 13 story Everly on the loop further west, this project will be one that will hopefully change the perception of St. Louis for the better. The massive complex however is a big challenge for Clayco. Marketing such a building for the uses as mentioned above, will be a hard thing to do. One of the reasons why it will be hard to do, is because of Delmar as a whole. Delmar has kept businesses away from heading further north into the city. This issue will also be a challenge for residents who want to move in there. Just the fact for some of living on Delmar will be a huge challenge to them if they are not down by the "hip area" of the loop. But this project could help make their minds lean towards the city of the better side of things.
By moving in here whether it is a businesses or people, they're helping contribute to the revitalization of Delmar Boulevard. This revitalization is much needed for the city, and if it doesn't happen now it won't happen anytime in the near future. The fact that those residents or business owners Will play a part in a major revitalization of the city should make them more than happy to get the opportunity to move into such a building. Although they are further away from the loop shopping and entertainment district, this in itself could help spur development along Delmar Boulevard east of Debaliviere Avenue. Who wouldn't want to be part of this?
In my opinion, it is a good investment into the city of St. Louis. If anything can help revitalize the city, it's going to be rehabbing abandoned buildings. And once there are no more abandoned buildings to rehab, you have to build new things. And when you build new things, it will change the national perception of how your city looks. Who wouldn't want that? It's for you to decide if you want more developments like this, because there are plenty of opportunities for things like this to continue. So I support a rehab like this, and I hope it spurs more development not only on Delmar but north of Delmar and in other places of the city that are in need of rehabs are new construction.
For more information on this project, please click on the two words following the Sentence. Delmar Divine.