178 Apartments, Retail Space Planned in New Downtown Kirkwood Project
As Kirkwood continues to grow and evolve into a Mid-County urban hub, larger projects are starting to make their way into the proposed slot for the City. This year, construction work started on a new Performing Arts Center that will help create a theater scene in the City. Also this year, Savoy Properties proposed a second condo building at Madison and Clay to complement their. "The Madison" project, which opened in 2018, down the street. Now, the largest plans seen in the City of Kirkwood in years have broken cover and those plans are for a 178 Unit Apartment building, with 12,500SF of premier retail space, in Downtown Kirkwood.
The proposal, which presents a contemporary design, will rise on the site currently occupied by the UMB Bank Branch and will be across the street from Global Foods Market. The project is also located next door to the Alpine Shop and Tom's Service Station. According to the Kirkwood Gadfly, the UMB Bank will open a temporary location 136 West Washington for the duration of construction. The bank will then move into this project upon it's completion in the Spring of 2022.
Altus Properties and HOK, two St. Louis based companies, are behind the project. the duo recently completed the Grand Flats project on South Grand and Shenandoah in the City's Compton Heights neighborhood. Altus and HOK were also involved in a 14-story apartment project by the name of Arterra in Kansas City. They codeveloped that project with Kansas City based Copaken Brooks.
The Kirkwood Flats, as the project will be known by, will further increase Altus' presence into the residential development sector. The development has an address of 426 North Kirkwood Road.
At 6-stories, it will be among the tallest and largest buildings in Kirkwood and will make it's presence known in a part of Downtown that is mostly large parking lots and suburban style buildings. Kirkwood Flats will include 297 parking spaces, of which 219 will be structured. These will be a mix of public and private parking spots.
The plan follows some recommendations set in place by the Kirkwood Downtown Master plan which includes a public green space, which could connect to the "Kirk-Walk". Another aspect is the elimination of two of 4 curb cuts. The plan calls for a single curb cut on Kirkwood Road and one on Washington. Further, the plan will allow a mid-block crosswalk and a better barrier between the sidewalk and Kirkwood Road via street trees and plantings.
The proposal will still have to be reviewed by the City of Kirkwood. The first meeting and hearing on the project is scheduled for November 6th at 7PM. This meeting will be before the Kirkwood Zoning and Planning Commission.
Altus hopes to begin construction on Kirkwood Flats, pending approvals, next Fall with a completion in the Spring of 2022.
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