By. Chris Stritzel
As the transformative Chroma project at Chouteau-Manchester-Vandeventer in the Grove starts to wrap up construction, other projects are anxiously waiting to begin. While some of the new projects are transformational, some add tot he streetscape in a new way while some mess up the form based code of the neighborhood. Either way, there is no denying that the Grove (in particular, the Manchester strip) is the City's hottest neighborhood and it is only going to get hotter. The Forest Park Southeast Development Committee held a meeting yesterday to discuss support for two projects in the Grove that would add space to the strip. continue development upward and bring more people to the neighborhood. One is Spencer Development's 7 floor 41010 Manchester project and the other is called "The Dogwood". Another that wasn't on the agenda is Greater Good's Station G redevelopment project on Chouteau.
If you think Chroma was a significant change to the Grove's main entrance, you may be fooling yourself. Spencer Development's 7 Flor mixed use building at 4101 Manchester will give the Grove it's own skyline. Currently Chroma, 4400 Manchester, The Chouteau Building and an abandoned school squeezed between Clayton avenue and Interstate 64 give this area it's own skyline. This building will be comparable in height to the Chouteau Building, if not, taller. 4101 Manchester will, include two retail spaces on the ground floor which one would have access to the 7th floor rooftop for additional seating. On the second floor will be a parking garage serving the building and the Manchester strip in general. Floor 3 will hold office space and an amenity deck for office workers and a fitness center. Floors 4-6 would hold 33 residential apartment units ranging in size from one to two bedroom units. Those are expected to go for top dollar.
Floor 7 will be the rooftop and it will hold the ancillary seating for the ground flor retail space and a swimming pool for the residents. The view from the 7th floor will surely be one of the best in the city as no nearby building, besides the Chouteau Building, would block it's view. The timeline for 4101 Manchester is also a timeline that will move really quick. Spencer plans to have the lot under their control by Mid-August of this year, break ground by the first week of September and have the construction complete and building opened by October 2019. However, some may see the request for tax abatements as a downside to the project when in reality, it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Abatements have become common place for St. Louis developments and most of the time, they are the only way developers are able to secure financing for their projects.
As this project begins, you can expect to see a "Project Update" page on this website to document it's rise.
The Dogwood in the Grove
The existing building at 4308 Manchester is run down and depressed looking. It was built for a Kroger store back in 1941. The building just seems to be an eyesore, but a $1.3 Million renovation and addition to the building is meant to change that look. Planned is an addition to the building giving it a second floor and a full on restoration. It is also a thoughtful design based on the rendering. The developer is "The Social Affair". They recently completed the 4321 Manchester Apartments right across the street from this. However, this project won't be a restoration opened all the time, it will be a event space. According to the FPSE Development Committee Agenda, "The proposed project is named “The Dogwood in the Grove” The project will be an 8,000-ft. commercial development at 4308 Manchester. The space will be a commissary kitchen for catering, catering office/headquarters, and an event space. The project will be two stories and feature a rooftop as a part of the project".
The current site has been under control since May 15th and they plan to start on August 1st. Completion is set for March 31st, 2019. Not only will the Dogwood expand the current street wall upward, it will also add to the dynamic architecture when driving or walking on Manchester. While this is a smaller project, it is surely one not to be forgotten about.
Other Projects Happening in the Grove
The Grove continues to grow in more ways than one. Here some of the projects happening in the already "hot" neighborhood.
Total Projects (including the two featured in this story): 16