AC Hotel Marriott on York Ave in CWE

Construction activity, major renovations, office projects, etc. in the Central Corridor -- defined by the area south of Delmar Avenue and North of Interstate 44/55.
Oh, and thanks for that post 2020. Hadn't seen that angle on Citizen Park before.
^Of course.

I think the design is *ok.* Certainly not inspiring or cutting edge but it will be a nice contextual addition to its immediate surroundings. In my opinion, retaining both of those right-of-ways actually adds some much needed uniqueness to this proposal. It's kind of cool to me that this is basically sitting on 3 legs.
quincunx wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:02 pm
$40M for 192 hotel rooms sounds like a lot. Land value? Underground parking?
It's not "a lot" - hotels are expensive.
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I still liked the original black brick with wood accents. Although I can completely understand them wanting to use as much light finishes as possible, being an alleyway. Still could have had the wood frame windows though, very Alvar Aalto.
Two hundred rooms and not a good view from any of them (unless you like parked cars).
^A testament to the increasing efficiency of land use, density, and general desirability of the CWE.
wabash wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:19 pm
^A testament to the increasing efficiency of land use, density, and general desirability of the CWE.
I agree, there also a crap load of parking lots in the Central West End dying for infill.
SW corner of Euclid and Lindell comes to mind. I'm sure the hospital will sell soon though, that land must be worth a pretty penny


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Preservation Board approved the design with the stipulation of more brick and final design approval by CRO staff. There was no opposition presented at the meeting and minimal discussion before approval of the motion.
I'm surprised there is no use of the rooftop as community space.
MattnSTL wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:29 pm
Preservation Board approved the design with the stipulation of more brick and final design approval by CRO staff. There was no opposition presented at the meeting and minimal discussion before approval of the motion.
Any reasoning on why they requested more brick? I don't see the need for this design request on this specific parcel. If anything, being the street as it currently stands is more akin to an alley than a street, I would like to see no brick incorporated. All just opinions, I know.
Any news on this? On 12/27 the West End Word reported that: "construction includes environmental remediation in February, demolition of the KPLR Building in March and a groundbreaking slated for April 2."
Any signs of life on this one?
^About a month ago when I walked by there were notices posted for the proposed hotel. That's all I've got.
Sorry to be a broken record, but anything happening with this one?

Since the other two CWE hotel proposals are moving forward (Aloft in Cortex and Element on Forest Park Blvd.) I wonder if this one is still a go or playing the waiting game.
wabash wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:18 pm
Sorry to be a broken record, but anything happening with this one?
I think there is something happening with this currently. I walked by the other day and there were some workers in the old KPLR building with masks on removing some junk and putting it into the bed of their trucks. There are also ventilation tubes hanging out of the second floor window near the Chase garage. This makes me think that they are doing some incognito demolition work without a permit from the city. But I'm not 100% sure that they are demoing. On another note, Johnson Nathan Strohe's and Homebase's website include this hotel showing no visible changes like the Preservation Board requested. Same design and height. Interesting note: Homebase's website includes the same rendering that Arch City posted at the beginning of this thread but without the AC Hotel signage and JNS' website has this named as "ONE YORK". Personally, I wonder if Homebase and Koplar are planning to go with the original design to fulfill the wishes of the Preservation Board and make a bigger splash, architecturally wise, on the neighborhood.

You can see photos I took the other day on my walk and the rendering without the AC signage.

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Update on this (and direct from Koplar)…

According to Koplar, construction is set to begin on this in Quarter 1 2019 with a wrap up in mid to late 2020. The design will be slightly different but not by much. The 7 Floor figure stays just façade materials change.
chriss752 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:32 pm
Update on this (and direct from Koplar)…

According to Koplar, construction is set to begin on this in Quarter 1 2019 with a wrap up in mid to late 2020. The design will be slightly different but not by much. The 7 Floor figure stays just façade materials change.
Who is the GC?
stlien wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:41 pm
chriss752 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:32 pm
Update on this (and direct from Koplar)…

According to Koplar, construction is set to begin on this in Quarter 1 2019 with a wrap up in mid to late 2020. The design will be slightly different but not by much. The 7 Floor figure stays just façade materials change.
Who is the GC?
He didn't specify but I thought I heard it would be L. Keeley.
chriss752 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:32 pm
The 7 Floor figure stays just façade materials change.
Interesting. I wonder why the last rendering was 9 stories including a double height lobby/1st floor.
wabash wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:22 pm
chriss752 wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:32 pm
The 7 Floor figure stays just façade materials change.
Interesting. I wonder why the last rendering was 9 stories including a double height lobby/1st floor.
This rendering (if I am getting your post correctly) was an earlier concept before the AC branding was made official. It's the same render that ArchCity posted at the beginning of the thread.
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Some interesting tidbits from my conversation with Sam Koplar. These are direct quotes...
The 9 Floor design, "did not fit in at all with the streetscape nor surrounding buildings.
We (HomeBase and Koplar) feel the design scheme selected best compliments and respects the surroundings.
The contractor is Paric. Keeley was thought about but we ultimately chose Paric.
Then came this interesting snippet when I asked him about why the architecture firm has it named "One York".
'One York' was the working title of the project (it's prior life was a multi-family proposal).
I would like to think that Koplar is planning a multi-family building in the CWE since he dropped it from this project but, at the same time, I'm not quite sure. I know he developed York House, but I wonder if he is looking elsewhere for a multi-family building. I asked him but got no comment back.