A development plan, submitted by Ellen Reid of the Reid Group Luxury Real Estate to the City of Clayton on December 29th, details a plan for a new hotel in the DeMun Business District. It would be the first of its kind for the neighborhood.
The proposed hotel will reside in two apartment buildings at 726-738 DeMun. The building is presently home to Clementine's Ice Cream and the Barrio restaurant. The upper two floors of the building are currently home to 14 apartments. The alley side includes a single-story building with a small retail space and some storage space.
Designed by CORE10 Architects, project plans envision merging the two buildings as one hotel, called "Hotel DeMun", with 24 hotel rooms and a lobby bar called "The Library". The single-story alley building would apparently be demolished, leading to the loss of its small retail space, which fronts North Rosebury. A new structure would rise in its place and include a small outdoor patio space where the small retail bay once existed. The new addition would also become home to a few parking spots and a new retail space fronting South Rosebury. The hotel's main lobby would front North Rosebury. The addition would include 2 additional floors, housing 8 total hotel rooms, an elevator, and encompassing a small ground-floor courtyard for the retail spaces' trashcans.
The redevelopment portion of the project would see 14 apartments split up into 16 hotel rooms. Hotel rooms are being billed as "extended stay" options with each including a kitchenette. The rooms will be geared towards the business traveler, tourists, staycations, university visitors, and people whose loved ones have extended stays at the nearby St. Mary's Hospital.
Across the new and old portions of Hotel DeMun, room sizes will range from 300sf to 850sf. All retail bays fronting DeMun will remain the same square footage, which ranges from 480sf to 1430sf. Topping all of it will be a rooftop deck on the northern side of new addition. "The Library Cafe" will offer baked goods and coffees in the neighborhood cafe style in the morning. In the evening, the space turns into a "cozy hideaway". Both menus will curated to consist of items from some of St. Louis's best local businesses.
Renderings and elevations of the new addition are not yet available
The project is set to go before the Clayton Architectural Review Board on January 17th.