By. Chris Stritzel
Plans have gotten out to restore a run down building on Locust East of Jefferson, and Build all new things West of Jefferson in the Downtown West-Midtown area. It will connect Downtown West to Midtown Alley, which eventually connects to the Grand Center Neighborhood.
The Mendenhall Building (former home of Mendenhall Ford) is the first structure to be restored on this game changing and major development. It is in a neighborhood perfectly positioned for major redevelopments to the East and West along Locust. So what will this restoration consist of? The project will take a year alone and will consist of just office space (small spaces) and retail space. The retail space will flow through the building to the St. Charles side where it will bring street life closer to Washington Avenue.
As seen in the rendering below, from the St. Charles side, it will have a nice look. Scorch, a marketing agency located nearby, will be an initial tenant for the office space.
The entire Locust Street plan (from 28th to Beaumont) will consist of new construction and historic rehab. According to the developer, plans will involve a Boutique Hotel (Bottom of Page), some Lofts, some Office Space and Shipping Container Retail spaces. A Parking Garage is also planned. These other, significant projects, are all part of a $55 Million+ plan to breathe life into Locust Street between Jefferson and mid Town Alley. Lets learn about those plans.
North of AT&T's midtown operations building, The Beaumont Telephone building, a 100,000 square foot abandoned building will be converted into lofts and more office space. It is something that previous developers could not do but could happen this time around. Next door, to the east of the Beaumont Building, a parking garage with ground level retail will be built to serve the hotel and the office and loft space. Plans are also in the works for a 125 Room Hotel whether that be EVEN by Intercontinental or something else. The building can be seen at the bottom of the page.
Finally, the most unique portion of this major project, will be directly to the North of the Hotel-Parking Garage-Loft Building, will be a 80 shipping container retail zone. Shops and restaurants can open in this unique experiment. Supposedly, a craft brewery is in the works and would compliment the shipping container Development to the due East at Jefferson and Locust. (This could also just be something to do with the container project but until official word is said, it stays)*.
More information on this project will be available by the Early Spring when construction is supposed to start up. The whole project, everything in all, is supposed to be completed by late 2019 or early 2020.
Today, the Hotel Rendering got out. It is designed by Trivers Associates and will be 10 Floors Tall. It also gives us a look at the parking garage design. The garage design mimics that of the hotel tower. The hotel design it self looks somewhat similar to this Scion Hotel in Dallas. This though may be named something else than a Scion or EVEN Hotel. While it may be a placeholder, the hotel could be named “Jefferson Hotel”. We will not know the official name of the hotel until around Spring 2018.
The location of the hotel can be seen in the map created above.