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.