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Old March 24th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #61
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Work begins on master plan for riverfront
Jim Merkel
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Improvements may be coming to the riverfront area near the Eads and Poplar Street bridges.

An advisory committee will begin work in May on a master plan for the area along the city's riverfront between Biddle Street, Chouteau Avenue, Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and the river to the east. The plan is expected to take a year to complete.

The Riverfront Advisory Committee will consist of a variety of local governmental officials, the Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and developers.

"There'll be an extensive public engagement process," said Todd Antoine, senior planner for the Great Rivers Greenway District.

The steering committee for the St. Louis Riverfront Master Plan is the Great Rivers Greenway District, the city, Downtown Now, the National Park Service Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) and Metro. The Great Rivers Greenway District is the public organization leading the St. Louis Riverfront project and funding the development of the master plan for the riverfront.

"It's really about reconnecting Downtown to the riverfront," Antoine said.

In preparation for the planning process, 12 teams, each representing a collaboration of five to six architectural, urban design or engineering firms, submitted proposals for the development of the master plan. The deadline for submissions was March 14.

The steering committee will select a firm or combination of firms in May to help develop the Downtown riverfront over the next 10 years.

The greenway wants to develop the riverfront as part a region-wide system of interconnected greenways, parks and trails known as The River Ring.

The planning process is similar to what's been done in river cities like Cincinnati, Memphis and Pittsburgh, Antoine said. "They're all looking at ways to reconnect their downtowns to the major waterfronts," he said. "A lot of the folks are looking at the rivers as amenities to their downtowns."

The Great Rivers Greenway District wants to extend the 12-mile Riverfront Trail from Chain of Rocks Bridge past its present terminus at Biddle Street to the Gateway Arch, Antoine said. The trail is used by bicyclists and hikers.

After the 12-month planning process, the beginnings of construction drawing would be developed. Implementation of the plan would come after that, Antoine said.
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Syndicate Trust project goes to Heller, Sherman
By Tavia Evans
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04/05/2005


Local developer Craig Heller of LoftWorks LLC and George Sherman of Minnesota-based Sherman Associates have been selected by the city's development arm to resurrect the Syndicate Trust Building downtown.

Heller and Sherman have proposed converting the building into 91 condominiums and 84 apartment units. The $68 million project also will include about 21,000 square feet of retail on the first floor, in addition to a theater, business center and gallery space for artists. U.S. Bank will provide the financing.

A selection committee of the city's Land Clearance Reutilization Authority recommended the two firms Tuesday during a public meeting.

Built in 1907, the Syndicate Trust, 10th and Olive streets, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was once home to the Scruggs-Vandervoort-Barney department store.

Rodney Crim, executive director of the St. Louis Development Corp., said the firms' financial backing and innovative projects already under way made them a first choice to restore the historic building.

"Their project had no pre-sale requirements, and the financial capacity of the two firms combined was significant," Crim said. "We were attracted to their ability to do it without those contingencies."

Three groups of developers, including two out-of-town firms, presented their redevelopment plans to the city before the Jan. 13 deadline.

The selection committee gave second and third rankings to proposals submitted by Pyramid Construction and Roberts Cos., partnering with Minneapolis-based Dominium Inc., respectively.

Heller said he got the call around 4 p.m. Tuesday, that his proposal had been chosen.

"This is literally right in our backyard," said Heller. "Our goal is to not just to redevelop the building, but turn it into a real city landmark."

Heller opened City Grocer in October, across the street from the Syndicate Trust. His firm also has developed the 10th Street Lofts, Bell Lofts, Louderman Lofts, Printers Lofts and the 315 Lofts.

Sherman Associates already has a record of historic conversion and mixed-use projects under its belt. The firm is working to convert a former Sears building and retail complex in the Midwest Exchange building in the heart of Minneapolis. The $190 million project includes turning the group of historic buildings into apartments, condos, office space and a global market.

The SLDC has 60 days to negotiate a redevelopment agreement with Heller and Sherman - which could include ironing out details of tax increment financing - and report back to the LCRA's board. If an agreement can't be reached, the project could be passed to the second- or third-ranked developers.

Pyramid, one of the most visible builders downtown, proposed 175 condominiums and 78 loft rental apartments above three floors of office space and retail space, at an estimated $80 million.

Roberts Cos. and Dominium proposed building 240 units - 94 condominiums, 65 artist lofts and 81 luxury rental apartments and street-level retail, with a price tag of about $77 million.

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Condos will go up on site of former Shoney's Restaurant
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Where waitresses once served pancakes and sausages, a 36-unit condominium development will rise.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Compton Gate Condominiums was held Thursday at 2201 S. Grand Boulevard, the site of a shuttered Shoney's restaurant.

The $10 million development will be at the edge of the Shaw neighborhood and across the street from the gates to the Compton Heights neighborhood.

Those at the groundbreaking ceremony, including Mayor Francis Slay and Alderman Stephen Conway, D-8th Ward, spoke of the vibrancy of the neighborhood and the building boom in the city.

The Shaw neighborhood "really showcases some of the best that St. Louis has to offer," Slay said. "This is a wonderful neighborhood. This development is going to be great."

A lot of people – developers and investors – are seeing the opportunities in St. Louis, Slay said. "People are coming to the city and they're making money."

The condominiums will have two three-story, 15-unit buildings above a 50-car parking garage. The single-level two-bedroom, two-bathroom condominiums will be 1,246 to 1,933 square feet. They will sell for $230,000 to $365,000.

Finishes include bamboo flooring, granite counter tops, gas fireplace and balconies.

Six townhouses on the western edge of the site will complete the development. They will sell for $375,000 to $387,000.

The buildings will surround an enclosed, landscaped courtyard with a pool.

The project is being developed by Bridge Partners, a new entity formed by Kenneth Nuernberger, Michele Duffe, Lynne Cooper and Terry Crow.

Construction should begin in early June and last a little over a year, Nuernberger said.

One of the reasons for developing on the site is its size – slightly larger than an acre. "It's hard to find a large one-acre site," Nuernberger said.

"It's also in a great neighborhood, the Shaw neighborhood, and adjacent to a great neighborhood in Compton Heights," Nuernberger said. "We thought those neighborhoods and the location would be perfect to do a condominium development."

Along with two others in the partnership, Nuernberger lives in the Shaw neighborhood. He moved there in 1979. "It is a neighborhood that I've observed over the years has strong churches, strong schools and a place where people not only move and live in the city, but raise families," he said.

The four partners have worked together in Doorways, a charity that develops housing for people living with AIDS.

"Over a period of time, I enjoy developing projects and I wound up making partners out of my friends and we formed a partnership to develop this project," Cooper said.

"We love the neighborhood," Cooper said. "This site has been an eyesore for a long, long time. And we feel like we can add something not just to the city but to the neighborhood where we live."

The area has shown a phenomenal resurgence, Crow said.

"You have as much diversity along South Grand now as you have in any part of the city," Crow said. "And we also think that there's a wonderful stock of homeowners who are probably willing to move into a smaller home, but stay in the neighborhood."

The site is the last piece of Shaw that has to be redeveloped, Duffe said. "It's in a great location," she said.
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Marquette Building is centerpiece of renovation
By Tavia Evans
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04/14/2005

Louis Tallarrini of West Plains, N.Y. checks out the St. Louis skyline from a display model called the Saarinen. He is being shown the property by Lynne Steinert of the Maher Partners.


New housing under development in the Marquette Building downtown will offer panoramic views of the city, including a flurry of other construction work in the surrounding neighborhood.

About $170 million in development is planned or under way for the central financial district, in an area roughly bounded by Washington Avenue, Fourth Street, Pine Street and Broadway. The projects include $15 million in renovation to the Security Building, 319 Fourth Street; $80 million at the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, 411 Locust Street; and $20 million at the Merchants-Laclede Building, 408 Olive, which houses the new Hilton Inn.

At the 93-year-old Marquette, 82 condominiums and 40 apartments are planned, along with about 25,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based architectural and design firm, is developing the $53 million project.

The YMCA, a longtime tenant, will stay in the building.

Instead of lofts, the Lawrence Group opted for more traditional condos for the former office building.

"This wasn't a warehouse where you have high ceilings and columns to work around," said President Stephen Smith. "Lofts have been the pioneer in downtown housing in St. Louis, but we think downtown is ready for classic residential, a different product offered for people who want to move here."

About $15 million to $20 million in historic tax credits will be used to redevelop the property, secured by Northmarq Capital Inc. Alberici Constructors Inc. is doing much of the work.

Inside, Lawrence Group will add its own design effects, such as curved, gallery-style walls in the Saarinen model, a layout named for Eero Saarinen, who designed the Gateway Arch.

Carerra marble throughout the building will be restored, too. Construction crews found some of it hidden under layers of wallpaper around elevators on each floor.

There also are plans to build a bridge walkway between the Marquette and a new parking garage that opens onto Olive Street.

A group of principals at the Lawrence Group bought the 19-story property in 2004 for $4.9 million, after some ownership shuffling between New York-based Tahl-Propp Equities and the YMCA, the main tenant for several years.

The units are priced from $169,000 to $392,000. Since an open house April 7, Smith said 32 units have been presold or reserved.

A block north, the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank will tear down its old parking garage and build a new five-story annex on the north side of its property. The $80 million project also includes permanently closing Locust Street to traffic between Fourth and Broadway and creating a pedestrian parkway. A bullet-proof vestibule entrance will be the new front door for the bank on Locust Street.

Spokesman Joe Elsner said much of the work has been driven by post 9-11 security issues. With the improvements, visitors can be screened before they enter the Federal Reserve building, he said, and the pedestrian parkway will limit the building's exposure to street traffic.

The Security Building, 319 Fourth Street, also is owned by the Lawrence Group. The 115-year-old Security, which is on the National Register of Historic Buildings, is undergoing about $15 million in renovations. About $3 million in tax credits, also secured by Northmarq Capital, are being used to help restore it.

The renovation includes updates to offices in the 125,000-square-foot building, along with new elevators and a multimedia conference room.

Charles Drury Sr. of Drury Development, who has a penchant for turning historic buildings into hotels, has revived the nearby Merchants-Laclede building. Built in 1889, the old fur trading exchange is now home to the Hilton Inn - after a $20 million makeover.

Most of the 10-story building was gutted to create the 200-room hotel. Much of the Old World marble near the revolving doors at the Olive Street entrance was saved. Chrome-plated bank-vault doors now lead to the hotel's business center and gift shop.

U.S. Bank was the lender on the project. Drury said his company is applying for historic tax credits.

Barbara Geisman, St. Louis deputy mayor for development, said the new projects could translate into broader appeal for the market downtown. "The wider variety of products we have to offer downtown, the more we can appeal to residents and businesses that want to come back."

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you know, all you do is talk. Gimme some proof. People need "photos" of new developments. Don't just paste over text from some website.
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I plan on taking some pics later today I will see what I can do.
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This is going to fill up a really big hole!


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The Lofts at the Highlands are cool, but I don't know who'd want to live in a "new" loft in middle of an office park. Let's see how they sell.
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From the April 29, 2005 print edition
150 residential units in the works at Gaslight Square
John Terry

Development in St. Louis' Gaslight Square -- mostly condominiums, plus a smattering of single family homes -- continues to pick up steam.
A total of about 150 units are planned, some 50 percent of which will be developed in the next six months and the remainder as the market unfolds.

"About thirty units are now built, mostly townhouses and condos, plus five single-family homes," said Jerry King of developer RJK Inc. "Virtually all of them are sold. Another 10 townhouse units are under construction right now, and another 16 will go under construction very shortly. Then there are another two sites that are under contract. They will have a total of 25 condo units, and my guess is that both of those projects will be under construction by the fall and finished in spring of '06."

The area in which the development activity is taking place includes Gaslight Square itself -- Olive Street between Boyle and Whittier -- and what is known as Gaslight Square East, Olive from Whittier to Sarah. King said all the new units are typically between 1,700 and 2,200 square feet in size with sale prices between $260,000 and $350,000.

RJK, in partnership with Charles F. Vatterott and Co., has turned its attention to acquiring, preparing and selling parcels of land to other developers. Those include Saaman Corp. and Rowles Homes, both of St. Louis, for $22,500 per townhouse unit and $40,000 for the single-family lots.

"We assembled the land for Gaslight Square and Gaslight East, a total of about 12 acres, from a variety of owners," King said. "Gaslight Square itself was roughly 50 percent owned by the city's Land Reutilization Authority and 50 percent by private parties.

King said his company is also in the early development stages of what he described as a major condominium/townhouse project in the Central West End, but declined to disclose details, saying his organization does not yet have full site control.

Meanwhile, construction has begun on a 26-story luxury condominium project in the Central West End, to be called the Park East Tower, at Euclid and Laclede avenues on what had been a parking lot. The developer is Opus Northwest, a Minneapolis-based commercial/industrial development, design and construction company. Opus is the architect and general contractor on the $50 million project. Its design is based on a concept originally created by Forum Studio of St. Louis.

"It generally will cost about $1.5 million just to bring a project like this to market," said John Pitcher, director of real estate development for the company's St. Louis operation.

Pitcher said the company had contracts for about $25 million worth of condominium sales by November. Construction got under way in March, with delivery of the first units projected for September 2006. The ground floor will be a condominium lobby plus about 8,000 square feet of retail space. The second through the sixth floors will be indoor parking for residents. The sixth floor also will contain a fitness center, media room, club room and a swimming pool. The tower section rises from the sixth floor base and contains the residential units, which range from 900 square feet to 3,000 square feet.

"We also have a 5,600-square-foot, two-level penthouse, which takes up floors 25 and 26, and then there's another penthouse unit of a little less than 4,000 square feet," Pitcher said. "The cheapest unit on the lowest floor will sell for in the mid-$200s and the larger units on the upper floors go for about $1 million. The penthouse units go for $1.2 million to $2.8 million."

Pitcher said about 64 percent of the 90 condo units are sold. U.S. Bank is the construction lender for the project.

John Terry is a St. Louis freelance writer.



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I just finished a 2 week vacation right where this picture is. See that building? The building just next to it (left of it, unpictured) is where my brother lives and is where I spent all of that time. Great area.

My problem with St Louis infill--still not enough emphasis on urban design. Okay, that new development near the Galleria mall (Crate and Barrel, etc? You guys know what I'm talking about) seems to be a big hoax. Sure it looks urban with the buildings being flush to the street, but where are the sidewalk entrances? It seems as if the whole development is still oriented around the parking garage in the rear. I thought it would have so much potential, but I'm a bit dissappointed. My brother is pissed off because they're getting rid of Blockbuster Video, which is next door. Either way, I really miss St Louis--it grows on you....

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^Yes, I agree. But you must keep in mind that the Crate & Barrel development (aka Boulevard Saint Louis) is actually in a suburb (Richmond Heights), so it's design will reflect that.

But you're right-- I would love for STL to emulate the design of a lot of Chicago infill. I think our new construction is rather staid for the most part, with the exception of new highrises, which are looking awesome.

btw, I live right across the street from your bro's building (the President?). I'm in the Carleton. Great 'hood.
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btw, I live right across the street from your bro's building (the President?). I'm in the Carleton. Great 'hood.

^Yeah, the President, that's what it's called. And you live right across the street? That's so cool--I remember coming out of my brother's building (stoned, half the time--I was on vacation after all) and commenting how beautiful the old architecture of the building directly across the street was. I remember many times imagining how beautiful Lindell Ave must have been in the 1920's, not that it's not beautiful now.

Wow, Jive city--I wonder if we actually saw eachother but never really knew....
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Maybe so. I'm a Jewish guy with a little black dog. Very possible we passed each other and didn't know it. Next time you're in town, let me know and my girl and I will take you out for a beer.
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I want to see renderings of those proposed 32 story towers for the, "Bottle District"!
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New downtown condos are all about the river
By Charlene Prost
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05/31/2005

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Downtown St. Louis is about to get something it never has had before: a condominium building overlooking the Mississippi River.

What's coming also will be the first new vertical residential building constructed in downtown since Mansion House opened in 1966.

Rodgers Group LLC in Clayton intends to spend about $25 million to build the 10-level Port St. Louis. Developer Mark Rodgers said it will have 49 high-end condos on seven floors, atop three levels of parking.

All the units will have balconies designed to take advantage of the river views. The glass and brick building also will have a rooftop deck with a swimming pool, entertainment area and other amenities.

Because the land slopes toward the river, the building will be seven stories on the west side, 10 stories on the east side. The 120 parking spaces, two for each condo and then some, will be tucked into the slope.

Designing a building on top of sloping land was just part of the challenge facing the developer and Shaughnessy Fickel and Scott Architects Inc. of Kansas City.

The building will rise just west of a working railroad trestle that shares the block. The site also is in a flood plain.

The solution for both problems: Put the condos above the parking.

"The first residential floor will be slightly above the trestle," Rodgers said. The trestle won't block views, he said, but "you will see the top of trains go by. "

The building also will have sound-resistant windows to block noise from outside. And it's being specially designed to withstand floods, earthquakes, vibration from trains and anything else that comes its way.

"We will go to bedrock with our piers," Rodgers said. "Everybody's best guess is 20 feet down ... so structurally, it will be a very sound building."

If flood waters do rise, the condos should be high and dry. "We know some parking will at times be flooded," Rodgers said, "but we're making sure the residential is above the flood plain."

He and his twin, John Rodgers, own the development firm that is planning its first project downtown. They got involved after Jo Ann Keeney, a broker and owner at Independent Brokers Network LLC, called to suggest that they take a look at the undeveloped block in Laclede's Landing.

Keeney, a broker for Landing properties for years, said she was impressed with the high quality of the Rodgers' Shaw Park Villas condo project in Clayton. She said she wanted to see something similar in the Landing, now that the market for it finally is there.

Mark Rodgers said he and his brother didn't take long to go for it once they saw the vacant block. They own part of the land and have contracts to buy the rest.

"The river is St. Louis' best asset. It has the best views," he said. "We couldn't believe there wasn't something on that land."

Rodgers said construction should start later this year or in early 2006, as soon as about half the condos are reserved. Construction will take about two years.

As of this week, Rodgers said, 14 would-be buyers - from in town and out of town - have signed on.

Among them is Mary Jean Russell, development director for the Wings of Hope organization. She said she "can't wait" to move to Port St. Louis from a duplex she owns in University City, now that her daughter has grown up and moved away.

Russell, 50, said she looked at some renovated residential buildings downtown, but none was a good match. Then she heard about Port St. Louis, checked out the design and found what she was looking for.

"I'll have the history of St. Louis, the beauty of the river, the excitement of the riverfront, all right there," she said. "I wanted to find a place overlooking something beautiful. My unit will overlook the Eads Bridge, the (Gateway) Arch ... and I'll even be able to see the bend in the Mississippi to the north from my wrap-around balcony."

Rodgers Group LLC

Address: 7401 Maryland Avenue, Clayton
Founded: 1988 by twins Mark and John Rodgers
Specialty: Builds and renovates houses, mainly in west St. Louis County, Clayton and University City. It currently is building Shaw Park Villas, a 12-unit luxury condominium project at 50 and 60 Brighton Way in Clayton, and planning Port St. Louis, a condominium project on Laclede's Landing in St. Louis.


Port St. Louis
Cost: About $25 million.
Details: 49 condominiums on seven floors above three levels of parking.
Condo prices: About $628,000 to $698,000 for units with 1,800 to 2,000 square feet, respectively.
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I want to see renderings of those proposed 32 story towers for the, "Bottle District"!
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Trust me if they where available they would have been posted.
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