Sticky- Tallest uc/proposed buildings in the region!

Downtown construction activity, including hotel projects, major renovations, office projects, streetscape improvements, etc.
Will the McGowan tower ever happen, even if it's scaled back?

Has the developer mentioned it in recent years? I remember reading about it years back and thought it would be cool to see St. Louis introduce a taller tower into its skyline.

Rumors were that it would be 1,000 feet tall. I'd almost prefer to see a 650 foot tower and 350 foot tower side by side.

My guess is that this plan is all but completely dead.
http://www.stltoday.com/business/column ... e95ee.html

thats from 2009 and the last time i heard anything about it.
^I am not against this tower being built right in the CBD, in a place to fill a gap in the skyline. Would instantly make the skyline big-league. I wouldn't care too much about any obstruction of Arch views. It would be awesome. I love the idea of a tower like that. OKC seems to deal with their standout tower pretty well. I think a tower would fit in here, much better than OKC.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/oklahomacity/8346706847
^ Devon Tower is pretty nice looking... not a landmark stunner but it would be nice to have here.

dbInSouthCity wrote:
http://www.stltoday.com/business/columns/building-blocks/the-mcgowan-tower-idea-is-still-around/article_f4aaa5ef-571a-5434-971c-f46f288e95ee.html

thats from 2009 and the last time i heard anything about it.


Good article.... we definitely could use new Class A but we aren't going to see anything like that for a very long time. For now we're looking at something much more modest. I think even having One (AT&T) Center undergo a big renovation in conjunction with an anchor tenant would be awesome and more realistic than new skyscraper construction.
The McGowan Tower was never a serious proposal.
May not have been anywhere close to coming to fruition, but Kevin Mcgowen claims it was dead serious and he reasearched it's viability for 4 years.
Time for an update on high rises under construction or proposed for the central core:

Altera is proposing a 50-story mixed-use tower for the riverfront near Lumiere Casino. Using the standard formula of 3.5 meters per floor (11.48 feet) for mixed-use buildings, this tower is estimated to reach about 574 feet. If built, it would be the third-tallest habitable building in the city and the fifth tallest in Missouri. (The Arch is not considered habitable.) The proposal was previously reported in this forum.

A 42-story residential tower is proposed for a tract at Kingshighway and West Pine in the CWE. The tower's height is estimated at 500', which would make it the fifth tallest habitable building in the city (assuming Altera's tower is constructed.). It would also be the tallest fully-residential tower in the city and probably in the state. Reported by nextSTL.com

Centene's 28/story tower proposed for Clayton is expected to reach 358' and would be the second tallest building in Clayton.

Clayton's proposed 31-story Montgomery Tower is still a possibility. However, the estimated height falls short of Centene's tower at 335'. Reported by next STL.com

Centene is also proposing a 21-story tower for Clayton in a future development phase, which would reach about 320'. Reported by next STL.com

Plans for a 27-story residential tower was just announced at Ballpark Village as part of phase 2 of that project. It would rise to about 310'. Reported by stltoday.com

Drury Development announced plans for a 30-story apartment tower on Laclede's Landing, which would rise to at least 310'. Reported by stltoday.com

A 26-story apartment tower at 212 S. Meramec in Clayton is expected to reach 280'. Reported by
nextSTL.com

Ballpark Village phase 3 may include a 24-story mixed-use tower, standing about 275'. Reported by stltoday.com

Just announced for Midtown is a 24-story apartment tower which will be part of the City Foundry project. This building should exceed 250' in height. Reported by stltoday.com

I don't know about anyone else, but I will gladly accept these 10 high rise buildings, instead of hoping to get one "supertall" like the MW.
city-soul wrote:
Time for an update on high rises under construction or proposed for the central core:

Altera is proposing a 50-story mixed-use tower for the riverfront near Lumiere Casino. Using the standard formula of 3.5 meters per floor (11.48 feet) for mixed-use buildings, this tower is estimated to reach about 574 feet. If built, it would be the third-tallest habitable building in the city and the fifth tallest in Missouri. (The Arch is not considered habitable.) The proposal was previously reported in this forum.

A 42-story residential tower is proposed for a tract at Kingshighway and West Pine in the CWE. The tower's height is estimated at 500', which would make it the fifth tallest habitable building in the city (assuming Altera's tower is constructed.). It would also be the tallest fully-residential tower in the city and probably in the state. Reported by nextSTL.com

Drury Development announced plans for a 30-story apartment tower on Laclede's Landing, which would rise to at least 310'. Reported by stltoday.com


Never heard of Alteras Tower. But isn't the Drury Tower dead?


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chriss752 wrote:


Never heard of Alteras Tower.


Alteras is the Turkish firm redeveloping the JA. A tower was mentioned in an earlier article on the JA. It's just pie in the sky.
Re: Drury Development's proposed tower on Laclede's Landing:
I find nothing, since the original report 2 years ago, confirming that the proposal is dead.
However, I'm sure that Drury wants to proceed with caution, adding perhaps a parking garage or another structure first. It needs to be confirmed that there is sufficient market demand for high-rise residential units on The Landing.
My guess on the Drury proposal is that is something they'd like to do and will be patient until they feel the time is right. If BPV does really well then that arguably would be the most logical spot for the next downtown high-rise.
I think 2017 has a lot of big things planned for the City alone.
I never realized just how many highrise proposals St Louis has compared to our peer cities.

Planned/Proposed/Under Construction Greater than 250 feet in the following metros:

Twin Cities-12

St Louis-8

Cleveland- 4

Kansas City- 3

Columbus- 3

Indianapolis- 2

Omaha- 1

New Orleans- 1

I didn't include cities like Austin and Nashville because I don't consider them to be peers of St Louis at the moment.
I know a lot of people are opposed to One Hundred's incentives but it's not high on my opposition list. It's an absolutely beautiful design and would look amazing from various different Vistas in the park.
^^ got a list of the 8 in STL?
STLrainbow wrote:^^ got a list of the 8 in STL?
I could guess

1. BPV 2 Tower
2. One Hundred
3-7. Centene Expansions
8. Shaw Park Apartments
^I'm assuming:

BPV Tower
One Hundred
212 S. Meramec
8049 Forsyth Boulevard
Centene New Tower #1?
Centene New Tower #2?

Not sure about the other two...
STLrainbow wrote:^^ got a list of the 8 in STL?
I am counting 2 South Central and the City Foundry Tower. 2 South Central is still on the table, but has not moved forward or backwards. The City Foundry Tower is listed to be 24 stories.


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I also am including the new proposal on Forsyth as well


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If we really were to include the under construction towers and proposed ones with the on hold towers, the St. Louis-Clayton actually have 10 Towers coming soon. and if we include the "rumored" tower at Kingshighway and Lindell, it will be 11.
It's exciting that most of these proposals have a good chance of coming to fruition. I don't think we will be hearing about kings and Lindell for a while, but I could definitely see a proposal coming soon for a midrise at SE corner of Euclid and Lindell. I feel that would be more representative of the market, but then again I didn't think we'd see a tower at west pine for a while either so what do I know


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I think the Queeny Tower replacement could be another one to add.
STLrainbow wrote:I think the Queeny Tower replacement could be another one to add.
When is that supposed to start? I hear anything from it should've started by now to late this year and everything in between. Does anyone really have a definite answer?
Does it count as an add when you knock down a tower to build a tower? I understand the need and all that, but . . . my second favorite view in town . . . well maybe third . . . is from the bridge between Queeny and Barnes. All that said, exciting stuff! I hope more than half of it ends up built. (At least half seems fairly safe. And even that is fairly impressive, apparently.)