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.