Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Northside Regeneration, there's talk and controversy, but still few hard facts about what will be done.
CityArchRiver could possibly be an exception.
So far, as a public project, there's been more open houses and meetings. They've got me excited. Now, the plan is to form a citizens board to assist in carrying out the plan.
What's really nice about that is that civic minded DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS, as well as citizens from the surrounding area can share their time to ensure the project is completed in the best interests of the community.
My fear is that good folks from Chesterfield, Arnold, St Charles (where they didn't even put the tax measure on the ballot) or elsewhere will dominate the decision process with a largely pro-tourist bias. The Downtown neighborhood has the most to benefit, we need some downtown residents to participate!
Visit the CityArchRiver website to get an application for the Citizens Advisory Committee and build Downtown St Louis' curb appeal for your home today!
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Sunday, February 03, 2013
|917 Locust was slated to be a Hotel Indigo|
Today's Post-Dispatch has a couple articles about downtown buildings: one about the former holdings of the Robert's Brothers, that changed hands in October, and a more recent sale of the former Peabody Coal Buildings new life as the ICC Engineering Headquarters.
Of the two articles, the subject of Chicago developer hopes to transform vacant Roberts properties has a larger impact on continuing the vision of rebuilding Downtown St Louis. Focusing on the acquisition of Roberts Tower, Lofts on the Plaza, the Mayfair Hotel, and the rest of 800-900 Locust, the Chicago developer Urbanstreets Group claimed to be excited about the opportunity.
Some of the opportunities lack mystery. The Roberts Tower will be turned into 132 Luxury apartments. The Mayfair will continue to be a hotel, the Lofts on the Plaza will hopefully be cleaned up a bit, and remain apartments.
What's intriguing, is what they will do with the buildings initially slated to be another Hotel Indigo at 913-923 Locust. Having 4 buildings adjacent in a downtown setting could be a fantastic development. These buildings mostly have character and could be developed independently or in a group. Walking access to the 9th Street Garage, Post Office Plaza, the Culinaria, Downtown Urgent Care, the Syndicate, MX Exchange, Left Bank Books, and the Downtown Bicycle Station would be amenities that would be a perfect fit for a mid-sized company looking for a solid location in the heart of downtown. The other article in today's Post describes just that; except the company was already in the Downtown area, relocating to the lager 'Peabody Coal Building'.
As one person interviewed, the question was put to me that with rental apartments going in at Roberts Tower, the Arcade, and the Chemical Building, would we be facing a 'bubble' in the number of rental lofts. My first answer was "no". Its always possible, but we have a tremendous opportunity for growth as defined in the Downtown Next plan if we continue to increase the density in downtown St Louis in all possible sectors: housing, education employment, hotel, and recreation in reasonably proportional amounts.
|Highlighted area is 8-900 Locust|