This story was originally published on October 21st on the old website.
The City of Clayton Architectural Review Board has received an application to build 18 Condo units on Topton Way. The condos will be spread out over two buildings of 3 1/2 floors each. According to planning documents, filed with the City on October 15th, show a nice sized building with brown brick and stone accenting fronting a curved street (Topton Way) to the Northwest of Clayton's Shaw Park and to the Northeast of Clayton High School. The condo project will require the demolition of 4 existing, 2 story apartment buildings that front Clayton High School, which isn't surprising as they are showing their age in both design and maintenance.
The project is designed by St. Louis based Core10 Architects and will be developed by Clayton based, Mehlman Realty. The project comes as demand for Condos in Clayton is high but also comes at a time when Apartment demand is strong. Topton Condos, as it is called in Planning Documents, will add density to the street while remaining the same size as neighboring structures (relatively speaking). 18 Condo units will range in size from 1750SF to 3000SF and will each have their own underground parking spot. Access to the garage will be via a drive way dividing the two buildings. The final height is projected to be 45FT and 3 1/2 Floors.
The cost for a project like this is estimated to be $11 Million, a hefty price for a project that aims to attract professional individuals to live in one of St. Louis' more affluent suburbs. The project will also attempt to garner employees working in the nearby offices of Clayton or people who prefer to live in a Clayton Condo and work elsewhere. The documents do not outline when the "Topton Condos" project is to start and an Architectural Review Board meeting has not been scheduled to review the plans. Additional residential projects nearby include the recently completed "Barton" project and the proposed "Shaw Park Apartments" at Brentwood and Forsyth. "Shaw Park Apartments" hasn't been given a start date yet.