By. Chris Stritzel
As the November 27th Preservation Board meeting nears, the document reveals an expansion plan for the Lafayette Preparatory academy complex at the corner of Mississippi and Lafayette in St. Louis' historic Lafayette Square district. Planned is a two and a half floor addition to an existing building along Lafayette. It will add classrooms and will serve as the new and improved entrance to the school building. Connected to the church at the South West end of the site will be a brand new, ground up construction, of classrooms.
The two floor building will add to the campus and make the neighboring church seem larger as the building will take advantage of the structure. The city's design office is pushing for preliminary approval of the project but some things still have to be addressed I the design. The biggest issue, that was seen in the document, is the "metal fencing does not match neighborhood requirements". Besides this issue, it most likely will be built in its current form as it is created with brick and blend nicely with existing structures nearby and in the overall Lafayette Square neighborhood.
As seen in the renderings and site plan below, the expansion project will double the size of the current Lafayette Preparatory Academy and fill in numerous gaps in the campus. The biggest change out of the entire project will be the new building built along Mississippi as it will replace a vacant parking lot. There is no timeline yet for when we can see this project rise. The owner will most likely will address the fencing issue.
Recently, further North on Mississippi Avenue, Lafayette Square gained two new homes that fit well into the neighborhood's historic design. They are located at Lafayette and Park.