Delmar Divine in West End

Discuss construction activity, major renovations, office projects, streetscape improvements, etc. in North City -- defined by the area north of Delmar Avenue.
http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 5bcff.html
A partnership led by former Build-A-Bear CEO Maxine Clark and Clayco Corp. plans a $90 million rehab that will turn the old St. Luke's Hospital on Delmar Boulevard into apartments and collaborative office space designed for nonprofits.

Delmar DiVine, as its backers call it, envisions 180,000 square-feet of office space in its first phase for area nonprofits and community organizations as well as 160 apartments.

Clark said she envisioned the space as sort of a Cortex for nonprofits, where community organizations can share space and work together on projects.

Clayco's CRG Real Estate Solutions now has the building under contract from the city, and Clark said they hope to close in the fall. A price is still being negotiated, Clark said.

Construction is expected to start in November and be ready for initial occupancy by the first quarter of 2019.
About time they wrote something. :)

3/24 https://nextstl.com/2017/03/delmar-devi ... ar-divide/
Alex Ihnen wrote:
Fri May 12, 2017 3:17 pm
About time they wrote something. :)

3/24 https://nextstl.com/2017/03/delmar-devi ... ar-divide/
LOL I couldn't find a thread for this and couldn't remember if it was a tweet or a full blown story that I read about before.
STLhistoryBuff wrote:
Fri May 12, 2017 12:46 pm
http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 5bcff.html
A partnership led by former Build-A-Bear CEO Maxine Clark and Clayco Corp. plans a $90 million rehab that will turn the old St. Luke's Hospital on Delmar Boulevard into apartments and collaborative office space designed for nonprofits.

Delmar DiVine, as its backers call it, envisions 180,000 square-feet of office space in its first phase for area nonprofits and community organizations as well as 160 apartments.

Clark said she envisioned the space as sort of a Cortex for nonprofits, where community organizations can share space and work together on projects.

Clayco's CRG Real Estate Solutions now has the building under contract from the city, and Clark said they hope to close in the fall. A price is still being negotiated, Clark said.

Construction is expected to start in November and be ready for initial occupancy by the first quarter of 2019.
Lots of great, large projects happening now - But this one, while not as sexy may be the most important - it has the potential to "soften" the divide a bit (no one project will bridge it) and start to connect the CWE to the loop - an east/west - north/south pivot point
^ Extend the loop tracks east on Delmar make a right on Euclid, add some low floor modern streetcars.
dredger wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 12:04 am
^ Extend the loop tracks east on Delmar make a right on Euclid, add some low floor modern streetcars.
Yeah, I mean, that'd be great.

I'm not sure the city will be buying into that at any point though with how the loop construction has gone.

Is it feasible to just dig up the old tracks that have been paved over all over the city?
bwcrow1s wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 11:56 am

Is it feasible to just dig up the old tracks that have been paved over all over the city?
No. They would have to be completely rebuilt.
bwcrow1s wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 11:56 am
dredger wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 12:04 am
^ Extend the loop tracks east on Delmar make a right on Euclid, add some low floor modern streetcars.
Yeah, I mean, that'd be great.

I'm not sure the city will be buying into that at any point though with how the loop construction has gone.
I wouldn't be surprised if Joe Edwards is pitching the idea to city alderman and Barnes Jewish/Wash U Med School/Clayco for good measure.. Barnes Jewish & Wash U Med being the two heavyweights with Clayco who has made some significant investment w Everly and now the Delmar Divine in West End. Clayco just might interested in the idea of giving political support behind the idea of Delmar streetcar as it connects its developments with job center, schools, etc.

In other words, double down on a partner in a city that would gain the most if tracks go east. Maybe wishful thinking, the city would take ownership and float the rebuilding of the remaining two loop trolley cars if a grander plan and vision is in play.
Has anyone heard any updates on this?
I've heard from a couple different people lately that this is still moving forward. Including one non-profit that is currently downtown but has plans to move to this project. While I'm not happy about a downtown loss in particular, I absolutely love that this is still happening, it's a great historic preservation opportunity and IMO does more to address the Delmar Divide than downtown development does (I just wish it were further east e.g. Grand & Delmar).
I love the potential of the area around this project and really expect some big things in the future. I love the classically "St. Louis" apartment buildings across the street. There is already such a precedent for density around here but still a lot of room to grow in the immediate area.
GoHarvOrGoHome wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:19 am
I love the classically "St. Louis" apartment buildings across the street.
Across Delmar? I couldn't agree more. Although looking at the "Forest Park Apartments" (I wonder how many times that name is used) just east of Belt Ave, holy crap those are long buildings. Would be amazing to see someone come in and spiff those up. I'm all for maintaining affordable housing in these neighborhoods but I'd rather pay a bit more in taxes for it (minimal spending relatively) and see these historic structures reach their full potential.
^There's actually several really nice apartment buildings along that stretch. Who knows; these apartments could become very desirable in the not-too-distant-future.

This one is by Isadore Shank, one of St. Louis' leading Mid-Century architects. The original design had much more going on, but the as-built version is still pretty cool:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6530016 ... 312!8i6656

And this one has some cool Art Deco touches; I've always wanted to see the interiors:

https://www.google.com/maps/@38.6534352 ... 312!8i6656