My folder was full this weekend. Here are some things of interest:
Lawless Homes is preparing to begin a $25 million development in Alderman Fred Heitert’s 12th Ward on the site of the former public school nursery/greenhouse. Named "The Cascades" (after the WPA-era water feature that will be preserved and incorporated into the development), the development will include both condos and duplex townhomes.
St. Louis Development Corporation, the Downtown Partnership, and Downtown Now! met last week with Crawford Bunte, the traffic engineering firm that is writing a new traffic plan for the downtown core. The plan will address a variety of issues:Improving pedestrian safety and attractiveness Determining which (if any) downtown streets should be one-way — and which way Measuring the need for loading zones at all downtown buildings so that delivery trucks do not block traffic Determining the future of those mysterious "No Parking 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m." signs
The plan will be completed in time to be coordinated with the new traffic signal controllers that will allow downtown’s traffic signals to be synchronized for the first time since the invention of the automobile.
Mike Curran, loving restorer of the "Stone Houses" and Maddox School in Carondelet, is in the process of purchasing the Good Samaritan Nursing Home property. Good Samaritan is probably the best residential development site that currently exists in the City of St. Louis. Barb Geisman says that Mr. Curran is planning for the development of luxury homes and condos.
Rodney Crim, the SLDC retail team, and I will travel to the International Council of Shopping Centers convention (PDF) in Las Vegas next week. It’s a good bet that we will be trying to tempt retail developers with great opportunities here in the City. (Last year’s trip to the convention was instrumental in attracting Home Depot to the Koman development on the SLAAP site at Goodfellow and I-70.)