What brings an old building back to life? Usually, it is a person with an idea.
Pete Rothschild has probably walked past the former church at 500 N. Kingshighway a thousand times in the past twenty years. I don’t know at what point the idea came to him that it would be a great place to listen to “New Riders of the Purple Sage.” In any case, Pete has now purchased the building (originally built in 1907 and part of the Holy Corners National Register Historic District) and plans to convert it into a restaurant, banquet center, and venue for “niche” small concerts (oldies like NRPS and emerging groups). This plan allows the historic features of the property to be preserved while adaptively reusing the property for a purpose that will complement ongoing development in the Central West End. The total development cost is currently estimated at $6.5 million, and Lucas Meeting and Events LLC, the company that formerly operated the Lucas School House event facility in Soulard, is expected to operate the facility.
This is a wonderful new use for a wonderful old building - and it returns a building to the tax roll. I am very glad that Pete and his team have chosen to take on this challenge.
This morning, the City’s TIF Commission set a public hearing for the plan.