Hue@Chroma Opening Soon in The Grove: A Review of Community Impact, Gentrification, and Urban Density

Only 2 and a half years after Green Street and the Koman Group opened Chroma and its chic 235 residential units to the public, Chroma’s sister property Hue is nearly complete with an additional 111 modern apartments. Together, their combined 346 luxury apartments and 18,000 sq. feet of ground-floor retail will significantly densify and urbanizeContinue reading “Hue@Chroma Opening Soon in The Grove: A Review of Community Impact, Gentrification, and Urban Density”

Cross Grand and the Small Business Revitalization of Dutchtown

Chip and Tasha Smith are here to stay. “I can see the future”, said Chip, as he gazed in wonder at his extravagantly remodeled storefront in the heart of Downtown Dutchtown on Meramec Ave. Living just steps from their store, Chip and Tasha could not be more bullish on their neighborhood. Chip, a photographer andContinue reading “Cross Grand and the Small Business Revitalization of Dutchtown”

Centene and Unfulfilled Promises: Potential turned to Vacant Lots, Cancelled Plans, and Threats toward St. Louis

Chapter 1 – The Promise & Potential When Centene announced the expansion of its Clayton headquarters, the proposal revealed one of the largest economic developments in terms of dollars and scope seen in decades for the St. Louis County business hub. Planning a series of “subdivisions” including several new glass-clad towers, residential, retail, and evenContinue reading “Centene and Unfulfilled Promises: Potential turned to Vacant Lots, Cancelled Plans, and Threats toward St. Louis”

New Luxury Hotel in Clayton Revitalizing an Aging Landmark

The City of Clayton, just outside of the City of St. Louis limits, is in the middle of a fast-paced transformation that is reshaping its skyline and densifying its streets. From the under construction Forsyth Pointe towers, the Ritz Carlton renovation, Centene Centre, a new Bank of America branch, a new AC Hotel, to aContinue reading “New Luxury Hotel in Clayton Revitalizing an Aging Landmark”

A Changing South City: Development Renaissance Headed to More Neighborhoods

South St. Louis is seeing a host of development and infill, leading with neighborhoods like The Grove and Benton Park which are practically in a renaissance. With new, sometimes controversial luxury apartments in The Grove and home sales in Benton Park seeing sky high prices and bidding wars, these neighborhoods are showing a resilience andContinue reading “A Changing South City: Development Renaissance Headed to More Neighborhoods”

Gourmet Nachos & Narwhal’s Concept coming to The Grove

Most of the articles I have written lately have begun with a note regarding the incredible amount of development taking place in Forest Park Southeast and The Grove. With this new dual-restaurant concept proposed at Chouteau and Vandeventer, not to mention 7 large residential projects expected soon south of Manchester by Green Street, that seemsContinue reading “Gourmet Nachos & Narwhal’s Concept coming to The Grove”

A Sneak Peak at Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, coming to The Grove in October

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is coming to The Grove this October, with local owners Jason and Leah Rooney poised to introduce a the first of the premium-targeted and family-friendly coffee franchise to the St. Louis market. I had the pleasure of meeting Jason for a pre-opening tour of the facility and was given a rundownContinue reading “A Sneak Peak at Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, coming to The Grove in October”

The Changing Face of DeBaliviere

Development across St. Louis shows few signs of slowing down, even amidst a global pandemic and economic uncertainty. While there may be some evidence of reduced demand for office space as many companies adapt to remote work, residential development is chugging along at a rapid pace. Commercial leases have seen the largest impact during theContinue reading “The Changing Face of DeBaliviere”

Golden Grocer to move to Forest Park Southeast

The development boom in Forest Park Southeast continues, with Golden Grocer taking over and rehabilitating the former K9 Athletic Club building at 4501 Choutaeu Ave. Currently operating in the Central West End, the Golden Grocer offers plant-based food and smoothies, as well as a food subscription service intended to make consistent healthy eating easier. TheContinue reading “Golden Grocer to move to Forest Park Southeast”

Residential Conversion announced for 300 S. Broadway

The momentum downtown continues with the recently announced plans for 300 S. Broadway. With the occupancy and leasing at the new One Cardinal Way building inching closer to capacity, it appears the market for more residential units in the heart of downtown is strong, particularly near Ballpark Village. Chris Strizel and CitySceneSTL first broke theContinue reading “Residential Conversion announced for 300 S. Broadway”