From the Demolition of a Old Downtown Restaurant to the Restorations of 3 Historic Landmarks in Saint Louis and new Construction proposals City wide, Saint Louis is ready to explode. Over the past 2 days (Monday the 14th and Tuesday the 15th) 7 projects have been announced or information has gotten out about those projects. 2 will tackle 2 of Downtowns most known abandoned buildings, 2 Will be restoration and New construction, and 3 will be entirely new Construction. Below are 7 summaries. 1 for each project.
Historic Row (913-924 Locust Street)
These 3 prominent buildings along Locust Street in Downtown Saint louis are the last 3 buildings on the 900 Block of Locust to be restored or repurposed. In this particular case, the 4 Floor Building and 12 Floor Building would become Residential lofts and the building on the corner of 10th and Locust will be demolished to Make way for a new Retail Building. The rendering above is a half-effort idea of what the new construction will look like. This project will take off soon with a TIF application applied to the City of Saint Louis. This project takes off where the Roberts companies stopped in 2011 when they put the property up for sale.
The Jefferson Arms Building
What has been stalled and cancelled for a long time is now finally going to get a second chance. This time, from Alterra International based in Dallas Texas. The Jefferson Arms is one of five prominent abandoned buildings in Downtown that is getting a new life sooner than the other ones. The new project as envisioned by Alterra is a completed overhaul of the building and to make it into an hotel. The hotel brand that they were contacting at first was Trump international but now is Marriott. The project is expected to get underway soon, and according to the website for the project, some parts of the project will open in Late 2018. You can view the website here http://jeffersonarmsbuilding.com/
Pelican Building on Grand
Small but mighty is a way to describe this new idea. Currently on South Grand, there is a abandoned YMCA. ell that will go as part of this project and the abandoned home on the corner will be restored and reopened. In place of the YMCA will become a Office Building and retail project named Pelican Building. More news on this will be coming soon for sure but until then, this will extend South Grand shopping further North on Grand.
The Chemical Building
The Chemical Building is the Second of five prominent Downtown Buildings. Although the other 3 have no plan laid out yet for them, this one is sure to come next,. Finally, the beautiful Red Brick Building will have a new life. The old building has been waiting to be repurposed for a while. Its last chance at life was the chance to become Alexa, a loft community in the building. it never came underway due to bankruptcies and the recession and has been rotting ever since. Now, the developer who is looking to restore Historic Row on Locust will also deal with this. The objective for the project is to make it into Apartments, Office and retail space. Upon the deal being closed by the development company, the project could begin soon. This project will complete the Old Post Office District and will complete the Olive and 8th Street blocks by being an occupied building again. The 705 Olive directly adjacent to this building is becoming a Marriott Hotel.
The Armory Entertainment District
GreenStreet development has released their vision for the restoration and new construction that will become a hopeful powerhouse for the Midtown region. The project is the Armory District. The old Armory will be restored in Phase 1 and connected to the Foundry via a bridge that will be built between he double deck highway. Construction will begin soon on it. The first phase will bring in parking, office, retail and entertainment into the mix and Phase 2 will bring a hotel and more retail and parking. This project will go along the soon to be booming Grand Corridor in Saint Louis City.
New Office and Retail Development at Skinker/Delmar
This New Office Building will be a welcome addition to the loop. This project will replace the abandoned Churches Chicken. The ground floor will be retail while the upper floors will be Office Space. Based on he design, it will look odd in the Loop but also a welcoming change as the East Loop builds itself up. The final height for this building will be about 40 feet. Construction should begin soon.
The Groves Spencer Development Proposal
The City issued a development request for this abandoned corner lot in the Grove. This 7 floor all glass building would bring Retail on the first floor, Office space on the 2nd and 3rd floors and Residential on floors 4-7. Parking will be inside of the building. Permits should be handed out soon and the development will add to the ever changing Manchester corridor in the Grove. Across the street will be a new Residential development proposed by GreenStreet.
So this wraps up the 7 major developments announced over the past 2 days.