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”

Bridging the Delmar Divide? Development at Euclid and Delmar Brings Big Promises

As the Central West End has seen historic levels of investment with tens of millions of dollars of renovations and new construction over the last few years, neighboring communities like Skinker-DeBaliviere, Midtown, and The Grove have experienced significant ancillary growth. St. Louis neighborhoods that traditionally make up what is known as the region’s “Central Corridor”Continue reading “Bridging the Delmar Divide? Development at Euclid and Delmar Brings Big Promises”

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”

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”

Blight in Drury’s Wake: When Development Stalls and Buildings Crumble

Drury Hotels scatter the St. Louis area, offering a value-focused hospitality experience in buildings that predominantly look alike. Friendly staff greet visitors who arrive with a clean room, a few free drinks per day, and a breakfast buffet. Drury now operates more than 150 hotels in 25 states, with 20 in St. Louis alone. Drury’sContinue reading “Blight in Drury’s Wake: When Development Stalls and Buildings Crumble”

The Grove Lofts at 4440 Manchester Under Construction

Development in The Grove is continuing at a rapid pace, with lofts at 4440 Manchester now under construction. Right across from, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company these lofts are poised to add significant density to The Grove closer to Kingshighway. The building will reach five stories and supposedly should have retail fronting Manchester, helping activate thisContinue reading “The Grove Lofts at 4440 Manchester Under Construction”

Ballpark Village – Bringing Modernity, Excitement to Downtown STL

With Ballpark Village’s Phase II of the development nearing its completion, I was looking forward to seeing if it lived up to my expectations. Downtown STL is on a winning streak, having scored one thousand new jobs from the U.S.D.A., completed the Veteran’s Memorial renovation, renovated the Arch Grounds and Museum, provided more lofts andContinue reading “Ballpark Village – Bringing Modernity, Excitement to Downtown STL”

STL Development Unfazed by COVID

Despite the economic downturn and rising COVID cases, St. Louis economic development is still churning along in a surprising manner. It’s true that St. Louis has, over the past several decades, been reeling from its industrial economy withering away and has not been a shining star of economic stability. Yet, the forces that made St.Continue reading “STL Development Unfazed by COVID”