Pulitzer Development 3700 - 3800 Olive

Renovations and new construction in the Central Corridor -- defined by the area south of Delmar Avenue and North of Interstate 44/55.
NextSTL is reporting a possible new development in the heart of Grand Center; student housing perhaps:

http://nextstl.com/2014/09/new-179-unit ... 824-olive/
They better save that house or at least move it! Make it a part of the development. It's one if the last ones standing.
Word on the street is that they may be planning to move the house to the western edge of the site.
framer wrote:
Word on the street is that they may be planning to move the house to the western edge of the site.


That would be fantastic.
I'm really excited about this.

I drive by this intersection everyday taking my kids to Grand Center Arts Academy. And everyday for two years I've imagined a development like this on that location. And wondered why with its proximity to SLU is still vacant.

In addition—I imagine the old Shell station as a restaurant replete with christmas lights and umbrellas. I also imagine a parking garage with ground level retail behind the Scottish Rite. I imagine a lot of stuff. The St. Louis in my mind is awesome!

Actually, that whole area is a blown-out dead zone where even a dozen of these barely start to make a dent.

Anyway, hope this happens!!
Word on the street is that they may be planning to move the house to the western edge of the site.


Seriously...? That's pretty extreme. Any guesstimates on how much it would cost to do? It also implies something pretty impressive would be built to make such a undertaking pay for itself.
I suspect they would only relocate the facade and then build a new interior behind it ( like what was done with the new subway on Kingshighway ). Recreating all the interior details with pocket doors, paneling, flooring, fireplaces, staircases etc would have to be a very meticulous undertaking. More power to them though if they are capable of doing it .
This project is just north west of grand center I always worried and had doubts about the future of this building. ( a little off topic)
http://stlnabedev.tumblr.com/post/97813 ... 18-22-cook
The NextSTL article has been updated to include the talk of moving the historic house, along with a link to Michael Allen's write-up on the home's history. Be sure to read the comments below the article.

http://nextstl.com/2014/09/new-179-unit ... 824-olive/
imran wrote:
I suspect they would only relocate the facade and then build a new interior behind it ( like what was done with the new subway on Kingshighway ). Recreating all the interior details with pocket doors, paneling, flooring, fireplaces, staircases etc would have to be a very meticulous undertaking. More power to them though if they are capable of doing it .


is it not possible to raise such an old building off of its foundations and move it whole? it does seem unlikely but… we can send orbiters to Saturn (granted for a couple billion dollars) so it seems like it's doable.
^ Anyone remember that RFT April Fool's article a few years ago about jacking up the Kiel Opera House and moving it over a few blocks? I have to admit it got me for a bit.
urban_dilettante wrote:

is it not possible to raise such an old building off of its foundations and move it whole?


Yep; they do it all the time. Actually, one of the country's best house-movers is based in St. Louis.
Very doable, but also very very expensive.
Did they ever move the historic black church in Rock Hill that was to make way for something stoopid?
roger wyoming II wrote:
Did they ever move the historic black church in Rock Hill that was to make way for something stoopid?


Yep, they moved it so that a U-Gas could be built. I think they moved it to a winery. Nearby, they also relocated a historic home to a nearby lot in Rock HIll.

Back in 2003, one of the houses in the historic Parkview neighborhood at Forest Park and Skinker was moved within the neighborhood to make way for MetroLink expansion - scroll down to the bottom of the page:

http://parkviewneighborhood.org/parkvie ... ve2003.htm

Or check out the story on page one:

http://sdtimes.org/files/Download/SD_Times2003_02.pdf
debaliviere wrote:
roger wyoming II wrote:
Did they ever move the historic black church in Rock Hill that was to make way for something stoopid?


Yep, they moved it so that a U-Gas could be built. I think they moved it to a winery. Nearby, they also relocated a historic home to a nearby lot in Rock HIll.



You mean this one?

-RBB
roger wyoming II wrote:
Did they ever move the historic black church in Rock Hill that was to make way for something stoopid?



Yeah, that story did not end too well. See Chris Naffziger's post here:
http://stlouispatina.com/the-case-of-the-mysteriously-vanishing-rock-piles/
^ uugh.
In Chicago right now they're moving a similar house:

http://www.sloopin.com/2014/09/rees-coa ... r-1st.html
It's gonna be a five-story building stretching along Olive from Spring to almost Vandeventer. Here's the updated NextSTL story complete with renderings:

http://nextstl.com/2014/12/olive-apartments/
Post Dispatch noted another apartment project kicking off but also including this comment about another one being cancelled because SLU decision to forward with its own housing projects. Not sure if I got the right project with the right thread. Anyone have an update? Also, not sure if their is a thread for the cornerstone apartment project that got green lighted in the article. Good article, but wish they had more or wish CORTEX had more to say on their plans.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/ ... 5563f.html

Already, SLU’s move and the large number of apartments under construction have prompted a developer to cancel a student-oriented residential project planned for a site on Olive Street west of Spring Avenue, real estate experts said this week.
^ I think you're correct this is the one being referenced as being cancelled. I'm not crushed to see the plug get pulled on this student housing as I believe higher quality market-rate townhomes or Art House type developments are ideal for this area.

Interesting to see West Pine Lofts say they aren't leasing as fast as they hoped.
^Agreed. If I remember correctly a, the cancelled development was primarily a student housing development with 5 and 6 bedroom apartments planned, and measured its size by "beds" as dormitories do.

I was somewhat surprised to see this quote: “No question we’re beginning to get to a point where demand is being satiated,” Cook said.

Bruce Mills had some similar commentary concerning CWE development. So it obviously has credibility behind it. But to say we're beginning to satiate demand when only a few smaller projects are open up and running seems a bit premature.

Glad to hear the 77-unit West Pine project at the ACI plastic site is moving forward.
At this point, does it make sense to build housing in the heart of the CORTEX district itself?