A tour of Citizen Park

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No one could have been more pleased than Joe Downs, VP of Development/Opus Development Company, when Citizen Park, the Minneapolis-based developer’s 217-unit apartment building at the corner of Lindell and Euclid, was finally ready for occupancy in late April.  A close step behind on the relief scale were CWE residents, especially those who live in the 4600 block of Maryland Avenue who, after enduring two years of construction activity every day but Sunday, could finally enjoy their morning coffee in relative peace. As soon as the construction fence came down, pedestrians, who had been limited to the west side of Euclid only, quickly filled up both sides of the street.

Community interest in the project was piqued in 2014 & 2015 when there were several meetings to view Opus’ architect Dean Newins design, which had been presented to the Central West End Association’s Planning & Development Committee for review.  Revised plans, including an additional 40 parking spaces, were eventually forwarded to the City’s Cultural Review Office with a recommendation for approval.

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Citizen Park’s Lindell frontage includes an inviting pedestrian cut-through to Euclid that features benches and new plantings. The first business to lease one of the prime ground floor commerical spaces is Orangetheory Fitness.

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The entertainment area on the 3rd floor includes a heated in-ground pool, a large patio area with a gas fire pit and a pergola-covered bar.

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The club room, with full kitchen and dining area in one room and a pool table and lounge area in the other, can be reserved for private parties.

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There are 2 workout rooms adjacent to the pool area, one with weight training equipment and the other has a wood floor for dance or yoga classes. The gym features a Wellbeats virtual trainer system, right.

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Each of the units features a balcony, solar shades, and a parking spot in the below-ground parking garage. Other amenities include a concierge, controlled access, an electronic alert system when a package is delivered to the parcel room, and one of the first Starbuck’s machines that grinds fresh beans for your coffee(s) du jour. Tenants are responsible for electric and internet connection charges.

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1 bedroom units range from 700 to 832 s.f. and start at $1960 per month.  They include a soaker tub/shower combination, stackable washer/dryer units and granite countertops (tenants can choose black granite and white cabinets or white granite and brown cabinets). The unit shown above is on the pool level and the only one with a patio, instead of a balcony.

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All units feature high ceilings and beautiful views from floor-to-ceiling windows into the neighborhood. The 2 bedroom/2 bath unit shown above has views to the north and east.

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Two bedroom, two bath units are 1100 to 1560 s.f. and start at $2825 per month. The master bedroom is shown above left, the kitchen with white granite countertops above right. The 2nd bedroom, bottom left, has been made into an office. Bottom photo above, the master bathroom has double-sinks, a large walk-in shower and spacious closet.

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Eight of the penthouse apartments, above, have wrap-around patios. Most of the penthouse units are 1- ($2100 to $2500 per month) or 2- ($3000 to $4100 per month) bedroom, though there are a few 2-bedroom plus office units, $4600 to $5300 per month.

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The penthouse units feature 10′ ceilings, upgraded closets, carpet, and appliances (gas stoves & ranges, and side-by-side washer/dryer units). Bottom photo: The view from the penthouse unit that I visited shows Park East Tower, a condominium high-rise that employees of  Opus Development were involved with.

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There was a grand opening ceremony on Friday May 5.  Newly-elected Mayor Lyda Krewson, above right, spoke at the gathering of 250 people, which included many members of the Central West End Association gathered for their monthly First Friday Happy Hour. In the photo above with Mayor Krewson, from left, 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy, and in the back row, Kristen Flanery, Opus’s Real Estate Development Coordinator, and Opus’s Joe Downs.

Over the past few weeks it has been wonderful to see lights on in some of the apartment units at Citizen Park and new residents going into and out of the building. I understand that tenants include people who work at BJC, couples who are downsizing, and county residents who moved into the city so they can be closer to all the CWE and City of St. Louis has to offer. More density on the sidewalks is a good thing, though I have heard people say it is getting harder to get into restaurants now that there are more residents in the neighborhood. A good thing for local business to be sure.

Welcome to the neighborhood Citizen Park. Visit the website for more information including a virtual tour of available units.

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