Last week, I sat down in the Central West End with KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey and Doug McElvein. Our meeting was part of KMOX’s efforts to broadcast radio shows from landmarks in interesting neighborhoods. The Majestic a great Greek restaurant whose hockey-loving owners should thank their lucky stars that they serve their omelets and gyros adjacent to the largest collection of cardiologists in the Midwest certainly qualifies as a landmark. And the Central West End is one of the City’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
The charms of the CWE are well-known: a diverse population, historic homes, unique shops, great restaurants — and one of the nation’s grandest urban parks as an uncommon backyard. But, there are also quite a lot of less well-known things happening. And from our table at the Majestic, we were only a stone’s throw away from some of these exciting new developments: Opus is building high-rise luxury condominiums immediately north of the Majestic, and a second condo development on the northeast corner of Lindell and Euclid Mills Group is planning a luxury high-rise on the site of the old Doctors Building on Euclid Conrad Development is already in pre-sales for a condo project a little farther east along Lindell and Lindell itself is showing off some new street lights Pete Rothschild and Jim Dwyer are selling beautifully restored townhouse condos on the north side of Maryland Plaza Ted and Sam Koplar are raising expectations (and, inevitably, blood pressures) with their new retail plans for the south side of Maryland Plaza National City Bank, a welcome new investor in the City’s renaissance, is planning a new facility at Lindell and Sarah
The Central West End has a good record of combining history and innovation. From what we saw, that seems to be continuing.