Metro on Manchester - $20 M - 6 Stories, 80 units

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A Kansas City-based developer with a checkered history is looking to build a six-story, 80 unit apartment complex in Brentwood near the intersection of Manchester and Hanley roads.

Gary Hassenflu is looking to build the multi-family structure on a 2.19 acre site at 8071 and 8075 Manchester Road.

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news ... tment.html

Looks like it got taller with less units. Originally it was planned to be 4 stories, 108 units. I do not know how the project will relate to the street.

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http://40southnews.com/developer-presen ... t-complex/
In theory this should be a car optional development since it is only about a quarter mile to the Maplewood Metrolink station. However, the pedestrian facilities at that intersection are so abysmal that I would expect a 100% passenger vehicle mode share. There's nowhere to walk to, and there isn't even a sidewalk on the north side of Manchester adjacent to the Metrolink station. :cry:

https://goo.gl/maps/RguKzxKAxrS2
https://goo.gl/maps/VL68HTCihiu
Check out the bizzarro-land cul-de-sac right behind the apartment proposal. It looks perfectly normal, except that a 400' communications tower has replaced one of the houses (you can also see it on the site plan Goat posted:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6129663 ... a=!3m1!1e3
Ald. Scott Ogilvie mentioned last week that he had spoken to folks in Maplewood about pedestrian access on the north approach to the MetroLink platform. Apparently those sidewalks are in the works for this year.
Related to the sidewalks, it looks like on the site plan for this development there isn't going to be any significant change to the current sidewalks, which are visible here:

https://goo.gl/maps/vbKi4nf8aCL2

It doesn't get much worse than this. Hopefully the "plans" for north side of Manchester are better.
I take Manchester to Hanley every day for work, and the same way in reverse to get home. I hope this gets built! Anything is better than that white wall that has been standing since 2008 (when I started working there and noticed it).
survivor147 wrote:
I take Manchester to Hanley every day for work, and the same way in reverse to get home. I hope this gets built! Anything is better than that white wall that has been standing since 2008 (when I started working there and noticed it).


Maybe this will jump start the rest of this sad sad sad stretch of Manchester Rd. Then again that stretch flooded again last December. Maybe Brentwood should just give up and turn this into a park?
^I want to snicker at that rendering, but I'm not sure what it's supposed to represent; is that actually supposed to be Manchester Road?
Stl county has a sitting $8m earmark from like 2007 for Manchester and Hanley intersection...most of it unspent and probably expiring next year if no construction is started
^ I just don't get what Maplewood is trying to do. To me it's an example of how undesirable a place can be when you make it quasi-urban (Manchester @ Sutton) and quasi-suburban (pretty much everywhere else) along the same stretch of of a street. I neither want to drive nor walk there, where the roadway is transitioning between street and stroad every few blocks.

They can Manchester more walkable and bikeable, but that doesn't change the fact that Manchester through Maplewood is primarily (~80% of the street?) fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and other establishments whose storefronts are intended to be entered after parking a car.
^ Heck, I believe most stand alone fast foods, coffee shops, etc derive 40% or more of their business from drive thru's. At least with parking you can put it behind the store fronts. Agree, Maplewood finds itself with auto oriented businesses along Manchester from Big Bend back to the metrolink station with no meaningful vision that takes no advantage of a big transit investment put forth by county and city residents.
framer wrote:
^I want to snicker at that rendering, but I'm not sure what it's supposed to represent; is that actually supposed to be Manchester Road?


Yes. As if you were standing in front of the Maplewood City Hall.

Randy wrote:
^ I just don't get what Maplewood is trying to do. To me it's an example of how undesirable a place can be when you make it quasi-urban (Manchester @ Sutton) and quasi-suburban (pretty much everywhere else) along the same stretch of of a street. I neither want to drive nor walk there, where the roadway is transitioning between street and stroad every few blocks.

They can Manchester more walkable and bikeable, but that doesn't change the fact that Manchester through Maplewood is primarily (~80% of the street?) fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, and other establishments whose storefronts are intended to be entered after parking a car.


I don't get the hatred for Maplewood around here like we're some sort of exurban stripmall and cul-de-sac filled hell.

Really? 80% of Maplewood is autocentric crap? Yes, Maplewood needs to get it's stuff together. Yes, I'd like the Shop N Save to be torn done and redone. Yes, I'd like for everything along Manchester to Hanley replaced. Yes, I'd like the used car lots to go away. Yes, I'd like for Dean Team Volvo of Brentwood (What?) to go away. But we're talking about a medium/smallish inner ring suburb with a lower household income and home value than everything around it. A lot of people are pushing to make Maplewood into what you want. But until the eastern end (Bellevue to McCausland) is also filled in like it should, the market won't demand what you're wanting.
dredger wrote:
^ Heck, I believe most stand alone fast foods, coffee shops, etc derive 40% or more of their business from drive thru's. At least with parking you can put it behind the store fronts. Agree, Maplewood finds itself with auto oriented businesses along Manchester from Big Bend back to the metrolink station with no meaningful vision that takes no advantage of a big transit investment put forth by county and city residents.


Once again, sorry we screwed up the big gift you gave us.
framer wrote:
^I want to snicker at that rendering, but I'm not sure what it's supposed to represent; is that actually supposed to be Manchester Road?


It's Manchester between Laclede Station and Big Bend, looking east toward the new QT. Here's what's here now:

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And proposed:

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-RBB
I bet that section of Manchester would look a lot nicer if they buired the power lines and planted trees per that rendering, irrespective of the traffic calming measures. I doubt those aspects are part of any proposed actions.

I am really starting to resent renderings that take liberties with the streetscape in order to sell an idea. I agree with the premise of traffic calming, but it smacks of subtle deception.
^ Yeah, it will never, not in 100 years, look that nice, even if they throw $10 million+ at it.
Here's the latest renderings for Metro on Manchester. Moorlander asked for more colorful apartment buildings, and this thing is, uh, colorful:

http://40southnews.com/brentwood-offici ... t-complex/
I remember when that site had a Burger King and that was torn down. Then a bank wanted to build a 4 story building there, but then the recession hit and that plan was cancelled.

Hopefully this gets built even if it ain't pedestrian friendly.
framer wrote:
Here's the latest renderings for Metro on Manchester. Moorlander asked for more colorful apartment buildings, and this thing is, uh, colorful:

http://40southnews.com/brentwood-offici ... t-complex/


Not what I had in mind
Oh the comments!

framer wrote:
Here's the latest renderings for Metro on Manchester. Moorlander asked for more colorful apartment buildings, and this thing is, uh, colorful:

http://40southnews.com/brentwood-offici ... t-complex/
I actually like the color! Green looks good on apartment buildings.


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This project is dead. The developer has moved on to their next project -
The apartments on Topton way in Clayton.

Here is a blurb from the BJ

"MW Development Enterprises is owned by Kansas City developer Garrison Hassenflu, who previously proposed building a $17-million multi-family complex in Brentwood called the Metro on Manchester. That project fell through after he and the seller couldn't come to an agreement, he said.
"We've been looking in St. Louis for a while for the right site," Hassenflu said. "We like it better than the (Central Business District). This offers the best of both worlds.""


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