2647-49 Locust - Eliot's Neighbor Redevelopment

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.
Work has yet to begin on the taller old WashU warehouse (for when it was located in the neighborhood) but multi-family work is going on in the adjacent smaller building as part of "Eliot's Neighbor" project (as in T.S. Eliot, who was born on the block) announced back in '06,,,

http://www.stltoday.com/business/column ... 13dda.html

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The smaller building has had some biz in it so it hasn't been vacant but still it's nice to see this investment and hopefully the other can also get started soon. And this is right across from the Beaumont Telephone Exchange Building... if that and the infill plans move ahead this could be a hot new stretch and do wonders for the Midtown/Downtown West gap.
Some updates on this project in the P-D: Two more historic rehabs planned on Locust Street, potentially adding more office jobs to area momentum
One of the projects would turn the buildings at 2647 and 2653 Locust Street into a complex of apartments, retail space and offices...The $4.8 million rehab of the brick structures would add seven apartments and five live-work spaces as well as 22,000 square feet of office space...Johnson said the plan is for the office space to be roughly 85 percent leased by the nonprofit AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which recently merged with the St. Louis Effort for AIDS and will be headed by local physician Dr. Bill Summers. The offices should house about 80 people

The buildings are across the street from the old Beaumont Telephone Exchange building, which Johnson and his partners plan to turn into about 60 apartments, 16 live-work office suites and co-working space. Just to the east, at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Locust Street, Johnson plans a hotel and bar and restaurant space made out of shipping containers. Work is supposed to begin in the spring.

Further west, another rehab is planned on the long-empty building at 3000 Locust Street...Now, he plans to sell it to another company affiliated with Collegiate Development Group...Collegiate Development, based in Clayton, plans to owner-occupy the ground floor, which helps make the numbers work. The $4.6 million rehab would add 17 apartments to the building and some 8,100 square feet of office space, according to a LCRA report.
2647 Locust is one of my favorite buildings in that area. I hope they don't get rid of the spiral fire escape on the east side of the building.