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"Everly On The Loop" Mixed-Use Project on Delmar Boulevard - 2016 St. Louis City Talk Development Favorite

This impressive investment on Delmar Boulevard will bring apartments and retail to a property that sat vacant for ~ten years. The project is called "Everly On The Loop" and it takes its name from a popular "hipster" baby name, a nod to the age group that this project is marketed toward. Show More Summary

St. Louis Building Division Ignores 1968 Surface Parking Lot Regulation Meant To Ensure Proper Maintenance

After posting about the deteriorated condition of the surface parking lot next door at the end of August, see Generic Form Letters Mailed To Owners Of Poorly Maintained Surface Parking Lot Notifying Them Of Code Violations, the building department was very defensive about their complete lack of results. An inspector...

The Loop Trolley - Looking Forward to Spring, 2017

I was in the Delmar Loop recently checking out the site of a proposed mixed-use development at Skinker and Delmar as well as the construction progress on "the Everly" student housing project. Stay tuned for my blog on the latter. As I was bumming around the Loop I was really taken by how much progress has taken place on the Loop Trolley. Show More Summary

Sunday Poll: Should A Proposed 36-Story Apartment Building Be Approved Without Changes?

The surface parking lot at Kingshighway & Pine has been vacant since 1973, when the 7-story Buckingham Hotel was razed for surface parking for the St. Regis co-op, located across the alley. One Hundred’s design has a 355-vehicle parking garage, including one level underground. In addition to parking, the building’s...

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 12/16/2016 (207-228)

The following twenty-two (22)Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen  — their last meeting before winter break, Review today’s agenda here. B.B.#207 – Roddy – An ordinance recommended by the Board of Public Service to vacate travel in Rutger from Grand westwardly to a point in...

Readers Like Amazon Prime

We can’t draw any definitive conclusions from the recent non-scientific Sunday Poll, but it’s clear from other data that Amazon Prime is a hit. From July: Amazon Prime members now make up more than half the online retailer’s customer base, according to a new study. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that...

Mixed-Use Proposal At Delmar And Skinker Boulevards - 2016 St. Louis City Talk Development Favorite

I'll be sharing my thoughts on twenty of my favorite proposed or under-construction St. Louis projects that were announced or broke ground in 2016. The projects are in no particular order, so I am simply diving in. First is a proposal for a mixed-use project on the northwest corner of Delmar and Skinker Boulevards. Show More Summary

Demographics & Technology Continues To Change Retailing

Around Halloween each year I think more and more about retailing. Not because I’m into mass consumerism, but because of the five years I spent working at Toys “R” Us (1983-87). I also briefly worked at Dillard’s for a few months in 1988. Architecture school became too demanding, so I...

Sunday Poll: Are You Currently A Paid Member Of A Warehouse Club or Online Free Shipping Club?

This is the time of year that many associate with shopping, but we all buy things throughout the year. Warehouse clubs Costco & Sam’s, both started in 1983, have millions of paid members.  You must pay an annual fee to shop at either. In 2005 Amazon started their paid Prime...

BOA HUDZ Approves SLU Urban Renewal, Pevely Fate Sealed

Wednesday St. Louis Public Radio's Maria Altman was live tweeting from the St. Louis Board of Alderman HUDZ committee where St. Louis University's proposed Midtown urban renewal program which covers nearly 400 acres surrounding the SLU Medical Center passed with a 5-1 vote. Show More Summary

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 12/9/2016

The following four Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, review the agenda here. B.B.#204 – Vollmer – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 5006-5030 Daggett. B.B.#205 – Coatar – An ordinance entitled “Building Energy Awareness”; the purpose of this ordinance is to establish an energy benchmarking...

Opinion: Downtown Needs a Form-Based Code, Not An Old Height Restriction

The building at 620 Market, like most, has had numerous uses since it was first built, I recall attending a meeting at East-West Gateway when they were on the 2nd floor — back in the 90s. The most recent occupant was Mike Shannon’s restaurant, which closed January 30, 2016. When St. Louis’...

Reading: Design Professional’s Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings by Charles Eley

Many of the books I receive each year are written for general consumption, filled with beautiful color photos and written for both professionals & non-professionals. This book, however, is written for design professionals. There are far more tables, charts & diagrams than photos — all in black & white. This is...

Sunday Poll: Should Height Restriction at 620 Market Remain?

Local news stories are great sources for weekly poll topics. The November 30th story ‘Messenger: Mike Shannon takes on the Cardinals in battle to sell his building‘ is the basis for today’s Sunday Poll. Here’s a summary off the issue: Any development at the location of the now-closed Shannon’s site...

An Exciting Time To Be A St. Louis Booster

If you follow NextSTL, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Business Journal, there is plenty to be excited about in our fair city. I've been paying pretty close attention to development plans, rumors and new construction/rehab projects in St. Show More Summary

North Entrance To The Arch Grounds Is Open

Everybody and their brother are going to be sharing photos and talking about the ~$380M Arch grounds renovation. T he public will gain access to the different sections of the project as it opens in stages. I finally had a chance to visit the recently opened northern approach that extends from the Eads Bridge and Laclede's Landing. Show More Summary

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills 12/2/2016

The following six Board Bills will be introduced at today’s meeting of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, review today’s agenda here. B.B.#198 – Roddy – An Ordinance designating a portion of the City as a redevelopment area known as The City Foundry Saint Louis Redevelopment Area pursuant to the Real Property Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment...

New Homes Under Construction In McKinley Heights

The McKinley Heights neighborhood is ripe for development and rehab. The location is nearly unmatched as you can get anywhere in the city in ~15 minutes. Aesthetically speaking, McKinley Heights is a real unsung hero. It boasts some of the most varied architectural styles and details of any single neighborhood. Show More Summary

Readers: No Revote on Reducing Board of Aldermen

Writing this post on my iPad Monday morning while from the juror lounge at Civil Courts The recent Sunday Poll was about the size of our legislative body. Four years ago we voted to cut the size in half — from 28 to 14. The change is still more than four...

Reading: People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl by Annie Matan & Peter Newman

One of my favorite memories is attending the 2006 Rail-Volution conference in Chicago, the closing plenary session in particular: Participate in this lively presentation and discussion about the strong commitment to pedestrian accessibility in European cities — a critical hallmark of those cities’ livability and sense of community — and...

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