3rd Annual Make Music Day in the CWE

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There will be live music in the neighborhood all day today—the first day of summer—as the CWE joins in the celebration of Make Music Day, an international event. Ten neighborhood venues will be hosting musical acts including Evangeline’s, above, where earlier today staff from the CWE’s Jackson Pianos placed one of their pianos. Other businesses hosting live events include Left Bank Books, Straub’s, Mike’s Bikes, Citizen Park, and Schlafly Library (see entire list here).

To build awareness for Make Music Day students from Normandy High School’s marching band brought music to the streets Sunday afternoon June 3, see below.

Normandy High School recently won 1st place for best marching band in the Annie Malone parade.

Today’s festivities include a youth drum circle at 6 p.m. led by the School of Rock on Maryland Plaza. (The first 25 children to arrive will receive free drumsticks.) At 6:30 p.m. brass instrument players are invited to meet at the corner of Euclid and Washington to join a second line procession that will march through the neighborhood.

The first Fête de la Musique was held in 1982 in France. In 2016 The Central West End was among the first St. Louis neighborhood to participate in the global celebration. Today more than 700 cities around the world host their own Make Music Day.

For more information on today’s events visit CWE Scene. Many thanks to the North CWE Business Community Improvement District and the organization’s executive director Kate Haher for bringing this joyous event to the neighborhood.

A visit to The Euclid Residential Apartments

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The photo above is what the southeast corner of Euclid and West Pine looked like in 2015 when the Koman Group announced a $31 million plan to construct a 6-story mixed-use building on the site.

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Three years later “The Euclid,” designed by the Trivers architectural firm, is complete.  The building is directly across West Pine from The Orion, which was the first of 5 apartment buildings (the others are Lofts @625, Citizen Park and The Milton) that have been constructed or renovated on or near the Euclid corridor over the past few years.

The Euclid’s ground floor tenants include Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack, and locally-owned Kaldi’s Coffee and Pi Pizza’s offshoot, ‘ZZA.

The entry to The Euclid Residential Apartments, which contains 71 studio, one-and two-bedroom units on floors 3 through 6, is located at 40 N. Euclid at the south end of the building (under the white balcony in photo above). The second floor space is being offered to commercial tenants.

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The photo above shows the contemporary two-story lobby. When I visited several weeks ago with Koman Properties Property Manager Drew Nelson, he described The Euclid Residential Apartments as “tech-forward.” Visitors’ access to the building is via a “virtual” concierge, enabled by an app on the tenant’s phone. An app also sends a message when a package is delivered to the mailroom.

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Top photo: On the second floor, the boutique-style building offers an event space called The Amenity Lounge, and a state-of-the-art gym.

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There are 16 different floor plans at The Euclid, each named after a street in the CWE—Taylor, Whittier, Hortense, etc. What I noticed immediately upon walking into the display unit, above and photos below, are the floor-to-ceiling windows and 9′ ceilings, which are common in all the units. The 2-bedroom, 2-bath 1,100 s.f. unit shown in these photos leases for $2,800 a month. All but 4  apartments have balconies.

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The window in the display unit’s second bedroom (above), which looks south on Euclid, underscores the architect’s intent to connect residents to the streetscape.

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Upper left: The balcony, visible through the glass door, is accessible from both the living room and the master bedroom. Upper right: Kitchens have quartz countertops, soft-close cabinetry, and all-electric appliances. Bottom left: The master bedroom, and right, the master bath with shower. The second bathroom has a tub/shower combination. All units have stacked washer/dryers.

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The photo above shows the entry to an east-facing 536 s.f. “Pine” model. The floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings contribute to a spacious feel. Bottom photograph:  The bedroom alcove (right) is located between the kitchen and bathroom. The Pine units lease for $1200 to $1600 per month.

In addition, tenants pay their own electricity, bundled utilities (water, sewer, trash) $50 to $100, and internet $75. Parking is available in an underground climate-controlled garage, $125 per space, $175 tandem. Short term leases (6-month minimum) are available. The Euclid offers a “preferred employee” program. Ask leasing agent for details.

The Euclid Residential Apartments opened March 15 and are currently 58% leased. For each new lease Koman Properties makes a donation to a local charity.

These new residential properties have not only altered the streetscape along Euclid, but have also brought an influx of new residents to the neighborhood, resulting in bustling sidewalks and an infusion of vitality.

The Euclid Residential Apartments, 40 N. Euclid, (314) 480-3737.

70 first responders visit CWE on bikes last evening

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Officers from all over the U.S. and Canada were attending the 28th Annual International Police Mountain Bike Association Conference which was held at Washington University.

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Mike’s Bikes’ Eric Schilling, above, provided sports drinks, water, and an offer of bike repair if needed.

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Jim Whyte reported that the officers enjoyed their time in the CWE and appreciated the friendly reception they received in the neighborhood.