By. Chris Stritzel
It has been a year since the Project designed by Trivers and would be built by Spencer Development was revealed. Now, a new design, that is not very appealing, is ready to begin. The 7 Floor structure will be mixed use and will add to the new entrance to the Grove. When it begins construction this December/Early January, it will be the third under construction building on the corner of Chouteau/Sarah/Vandeventer/Manchester. The other two are Chroma (formerly Chouteaus Grove) and a new White Castle.
According to Balke Brown-Transwestern, who is marketing the office and retail space in the building, it will be a one of a kind mixed use building that will include office space in one of the most “hip” neighborhoods in the city. The second floor will be just parking for the tenants of the office portion and residences. The entirety of the third floor of the building will be dedicated to office space. In addition, the third floor will include a terrace for office tenants to use (and possibly the residents). Floors 4-7 are strictly residential, which is good considering the Grove is popular among millenials. Finally, the first floor will be mostly retail and will be home to a soaring, 20 foot all glass lobby for the office and residences.
See the below diagram to understand what I mean.
While the design is not the best, it will add to the Grove and the local economy. While the office space won’t be home to a Headquarters or major corporate office, it will be home to small tenants (like those found in T-Rex in Downtown). Apartment units in the building may also be in range of the numerous new apartment projects in the Grove (Chroma, 4321 Manchester and 4400 Manchester). Most of the new construction has names of their addresses rather than unique names.
When this begins, it will add much needed space to the Grove and be far better than a vacant lot at the entrance to the Grove.
Gone are the days of this design originally proposed last November and designed by Trivers Architects. I found this design to be far more attractive than what will be built here, but that’s just my opinion.