STL Today recently published an article by Jacob Barker about an ambitious plan by Kingsway Development’s Kevin Bryant (see earlier post here) to raise $80 million to redevelop a stretch of Delmar Blvd. from Kingshighway to Taylor Avenue (site map here).
Included in Bryant’s plan is construction of a $43 million 156-unit apartment complex, rendering above, which is slated to begin construction in Fall/Winter 2021. The complex will be named “The Bridge,” a nod to the effort over many years to connect neighborhoods north and south of Delmar. This new plan replaces an earlier proposal for micro-apartments by developer Bob Saur on that long-vacant lot at Euclid and Delmar.
Bryant also proposes a $6.3 million rehab of the vacant property at 4731 Delmar, above, which is set to begin this December.The building, which formerly housed Union Sarah Economic Development Corporation, will be named “Emerge Business Center.” Look for signs of renovation starting this December.Bryant’s plans include the creation of a performing arts center at 4915 Delmar (above) which he hopes to begin renovating in April 2021. In an earlier life, the former bank building was a nightclub called The Vault.
These new projects would join the handsome renovation of 625 N. Euclid into the lofts@euclid, an 86-unit apartment project developed by Cullinan Properties, and LaunchCode, a highly successful non-profit providing free tech training and job placement services. On a related note, LaunchCode is hosting “Breaking Barriers, a Demolition Celebration” on November 5 to celebrate its plans to renovate the property at 4811 Delmar.
There’s a visual plan (view here) for much needed streetscape improvements too.
Here’s what that plan entails:
Delmar Streetscape Infrastructure Project:
Critical public space connection between north and south of Delmar
Replacement of deteriorated and outmoded street design in 3 phases
Streetscape enhancements include:
Improved storm water mitigation
Modernization of ADA/pedestrian circulation features
Selective street narrowing
Dedicated bike lanes
Contemporary design aesthetics