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Clayton's Development Boom (Roundup)

As office demand remains high and demand for residential and condo space soars, Clayton is positioned to grow even more in the next few years. Recently, Clayton has been fortunate to see 6 projects completed, but even more are in the works. This story is meant to be a recap of projects completed, projects under construction and projects proposed within Clayton's City Limits that will redefine the region's second Central Business District. Let's get started.

Completed (2015-Present)

Ceylon Apartments

Tucked away on North Central Avenue is this modest 6 floor structure. It replaced the old Central building, which was in a bad state of repair, with 120 apartments, retail space and an underground parking garage. Ceylon is OPUS' second apartment project after bursting back into the local real estate market. their other projects include Central West End's Citizen Park and Chesterfield's BUNGE HQ. Ceylon was originally proposed in 2015 and was completed in 2017.


Developer: OPUS

Cost: $41 Million

The Barton Apartments

Close to I-170 lies the Barton Apartments (formerly Vanguard). This modest sized development sits on a site near Brown Shoe (Caleres) Company, who once planned a massive corporate campus expansion onto this site. After those plans fell apart, and the site sat dormant, Covington Realty Partners acquired the site and envisioned this 229 apartment development. The project was proposed in 2014 and completed in early 2018.


Developer: Covington Realty Partners

Cost: $55 Million

The 212

What originally started out as "The Crossing" became known as 212 Meramec then 212 Clayton. Ultimately, the tower is nicknamed, "The 212" because of the address. Designed by HDA and developed by CA Ventures and White Oak Partners, this 26 apartment tower adds 250 apartments to Downtown Clayton along with retail space. The building itself was meant with much controversy over incentives and design but has since overcame this critiques and is a great addition to Downtown Clayton. The building was unveiled in 2014 and finished construction in 2017.


Developer: CA Ventures and White Oak Realty

Architect: HDA

Builder: Paric/McHugh

Cost: $72 Million

County Courts Expansion

What else is there to say other than this building's expansion looks like the older structure, inlcudes a parking garage and a new lobby along South Central. It really isn't anything special. The plan was unveiled in 2013 and the building was completed in late 2016.


Developer: St. Louis County Government

Architect: Fentress Architects

Builder: KCI

Cost: $122 Million

Midwest Regional/First Bank Renovation

What was deemed shortsighted led to the sprucing up of a building on North Meramec. The First Bank Building was worn down looking with old windows really dragging the look down. The renovation plans included new windows and the renovation of the interior of the building. So much work was done that a Tower Crane had to be installed. This project was unveiled in 2016 with construction ending in 2018.


Developer: First Bank?

Builder: Brinkman

Cost: Not disclosed.

Region's Bank on Maryland

This bank and retail building replaced a vacant parking lot that was abandoned when BMW moved from Maryland Avenue in Clayton to Hanley Rad in Maplewood. This project first appeared in 2016 and wrapped up last year (2018). The design follows Regions Bank new design standards.


Developer: Regions Bank

Architect: The Roberts Group

Cost: $3.5 Million

Under Construction

Centene Centre

The first phase of the massive Centene Campus project includes the current tallest building in Downtown Clayton. Centene Centre, as it has been named, stands 27 floors tall and 419FT in height over Hanley Road in Downtown. A skybridge connecting Centene Plaza to this building was recently erected over Hanley. The rest of Centene Centre includes two parking garages, Wellbridge, retail space and a corporate auditorium all along Forsyth.


Developers: Centene and Clayco's CRG

Architects: HOK and BatesForum

Builder: Clayco

Cost: Part of $770 Million+ Master Plan

Centene University

Located North of Downtown Clayton is Centene's University. It is in the old Maryland School building behind the old Famous-Barr. It will include a daycare but will be a primary training facility for Centene employees. A thoughtful addition and new windows are being installed which spruces up this old school building.


Developer: Centene

Architect: HOK

Builder: Clayco

Cost: Not Disclosed

County Library

St. Louis County's march to modernize their libraries led to this branch being demolished and rebuilt. Currently under construction, the new mid County Library Building should open later this year with a modern design and tons of space.


Developer: St. Louis County Library

Architect: Christner

Cost: $7 Million


Forsyth Pointe (On hold. Deal reached with Flaherty & Collins)

This nice sized development is bound to be built on a site currently occupied by US Capital's offices on Forsyth. The new building will replace some of the last remaining old Downtown Clayton buildings when construction commences. Forum Studio designed the building to be modern but also done in a way to complement neighboring structures. As of this writing, this project is on hold pending design revisions from a parking garage deal with neighboring developer, Flaherty & Collins.


Developer: US Capital Development

Architect: BatesForum

Cost: $16 Million

Shaw Park Apartments (On hold. Deal reached with US Capital)

This 22 Floor project is planned or a long vacant lot at the corner of Forsyth and Brentwood. Previous proposals for the site included a Westin Hotel and parking garage. This project was unveiled in February 2017 by Indianapolis based Flaherty & Collins but has most likely undergone a redesign since an agreement on a parking garage was made with the developers of Forsyth Pointe, US Capital Development (formerly KP).


Developer: Flaherty & Collins

Cost: $74 Million

Topton Way (The Pearl) Condos

Near Clayton high School and Shaw Park lies a small street named Topton Way. At 43-55 Topton way lie two multi-family buildings that will soon be demolished for two, 3 1/2 story condo buildings with a combined number of 18 units. Sizes of the units range from 1750SF to 3000SF and are expected to go for a pretty penny. St. Louis based Mehlman Realty is the developer. Core10 is the architecture firm.


Developer: Mehlman Realty

Architect: Core10

Cost: $11 Million

AC Hotel

As the AC Hotel brand comes to St. Louis, one of the first locations will be this location in Downtown Clayton. Located at 227 South Meramec, the old police station, this 11 Floor hotel will add over 200 rooms to the St. Louis market. Designed by Chicago based DLR Group and developed by Bozeman Montana based Homebase Partners, this project will be the first new hotel construction in Downtown Clayton in years.


Developers: Homebase Partners and Koplar Properties

Architect: The DLR Group

Cost: $43 Million

Sheraton Recladding

As Clayton's Hotel market adapts and changes to the growing businesses down in their downtown, the Sheraton has to stay up to date in order to retain guests. this proposal completely modernizes the building to where it is practically new again. A new porte-cochere, pool deck, façade and paint colors make up the exterior improvements while the lobby and guestrooms will also be renovated. The $20 Million project came as no surprise to those who kept up with the news recently. Silverwest acquired the hotel over the Summer of 2018 and stated that they would renovate the hotel, but few would've imagined it would involve a recladding.


Developer: Silverwest hospitality

Architect: HOK

Cost: $20 Million

Clarendale of Clayton

Flanking the Southern End of Clayton, at the corner of Clayton Road and Hanley, this senior living and care facility will replace a long vacant Schnucks Store. NIMBYs shot down previous proposals for this site which included apartments, retail and other amenities that would've made their property values go up. Their main concern was traffic. They supported this project, put forth by the Ryan Companies and so construction is bound to begin later this year (2019).


Developer: The Ryan Companies

Cost: $95 Million

Centene Subdistricts 2C-4

Across Carondelet Avenue from the corporate auditorium of Centene Centre will be tow towers. One will include a hotel and the other will be office space. The tallest building will be 455FT. Retail will be at their bases. Along Carondelet Plaza itself will be a condominium tower, which will block the Centene Centre garage and add retail space to Carondelet Plaza. The final height and design of that is still being worked out. Then, on Carondelet Avenue West of Hanley, where a Centene building is currently, will be demolished for another tower, but those details are still being finalized. The two renderings you see above are of Subdistrict 3 and 4.


Developers: Centene and Clayco's CRG

Architects: HOK, Lucien LaGrange and BatesForum

Builder: Clayco

Cost: Part of $770 Million+ Master Plan

Fred Kummer's Development

No renderings have been made public yet and already this project is turning heads. the large project will demolish half of a block of Downtown Clayton at the corner of Maryland and Bemiston and Maryland and Central. Planned are two new towers, one condo and one hotel. Parking is certain to be included. The buildings could also include retail space. We should learn more about the design and other features within the next few weeks according to the developer.


Developer: HBE Group (Fred Kummer) and Manion Real Estate

Cost: $275 Million

What's the total?

After adding up the projects mentioned here, whose prices were available, Clayton has seen over a billion and a half dollars invested into their City in the past 4 years with more in panning. Who knows what will come next, but one thing is for sure, the skyline is bound to change,. With 3 mid-rises and 6 high-rises planned to rise within the city limits in the next few years, be expecting to see a new Clayton.

TOTAL INVESTMENTS INTO CLAYTON (2015-Present): $1,604,050,000 (1.6045 Billion).

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