By. Chris Stritzel
The unparalleled growth and redevelopment of the CORTEX-Midtown Region of St. Louis continues with this massive office development at Sarah and Clayton in CORTEX. Planned is a 4 floor office building connected to a larger 8 floor building of what appears to be residential. The site where this building and complex will go, was home to St. Louis Metallizing up until 5 years ago. Koman bought the property and began to clean it up for future development. The Jewel Box like building is designed by Forum Studio (Now BatesForum). It offers a shift from the normal historic restoration and curvy buildings in CORTEX to a more streamlined and angular design worthy of the innovation district. With 93,000 square feet of Class A office space, it would fulfill the need for more space in a district that heavily needs it. There will also be additional retail.
Due to this development not even being officially announced yet, there is no set project cost. Either way, it will be a significant addition to the neighborhood and further bring some new street scape to Sarah. This development also classifies as TOD (Transit Oriented Development) since the buildings are located a block South of the brand new CORTEX MetroLink Station. The only problem with that is BJC's Massive parking lot dividing the station from the location. However, a quick walk down Sarah in either direction brings you to wither Duncan or Manchester.
The location, where users of Interstate 64 can see the project, is a real plus. Overall, this development is in a good location to be seen by thousands of cars and people who pass by the site on a daily basis. What is interesting about this is that Koman has come in to build here rather than CORTEX building everything in their district. It shows outside investors wanting to build into the district that has taken a run down industrial part of the central corridor and made it new again.
The developer is Koman and the Property Management Firm who leases the office space is Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). The entire development should be ready by Late 2019. As for who the tenants will be for this building, it remains up in the air. At this point, I am merely going off of what the poster shows so it is up in the air until Koman responds to a message from me or the development appears in the Business Journal, Post Dispatch or NextSTL.
UPDATE: 5/29/18 at 9:47P.M.
NextSTL has gotten more information about the development and Greg Johnson wrote about it saying, "The project is the first phase of a three-stage development. Future phases include a luxury residential tower to the north and build to suit office building to the west, but those plans are very preliminary at this time. A plaza with public art will connect the tech and collaborative building with the project’s future residential component".
Most importantly here, the new details provide confirmation that a residential building will be coming to the development and a potential build to suit building. Also, Sarpy Street will be connected to Clayton Avenue for ease of access to the new development. With their story also comes some new renderings (which are featured above this update and below). For now, the project will be called "CORTEX K" according to NextSTL. CORTEX K will become a vital link in linking Sarah street in the Grove to CORTEX and then further North to the Sarah strip just North of Forest Park Avenue, because of this, I would expect other developments and road Improvements to come soon.
UPDATE: 12/4/18 at 8PM
The St. Louis Business Journal has published new renderings of the building along with some other information. The building has been heavily redesigned to have more of a warehouse look while the size has grown to a 120,000SF office building. It's shovel ready and the Business Journal says it could start in the first quarter 2019. The new renderings are included in the gallery below. I am working on getting higher quality renderings. I'll post them when received.