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Developments Could Reconnect Midtown to Downtown West

A Kimpton Hotel, Staybridge Suites, and apartment building could be the three components that finally start to reconnect Downtown West to Midtown at Jefferson

The renderings, found on the Midas Capital website, reveal what could in store for the area around the Jefferson and Market intersection.

Details on the developments are scarce right now, but some, including myself, have pointed out that there has been some fencing up around the northwest corner of the Jefferson and Market intersection for a while now. That site is where two hotels are planned, and they may or may not include demolition of the old office building on that property. Renderings show this site being occupied by a Staybridge Suites hotel (rear and northern portions of the site with an entrance on Beaumont Street) and a Kimpton Hotel with a rooftop bar and second floor restaurant.

The hotel plans are setback from Market Street a bit to allow for the Brickline Greenway and a landscaped buffer zone. Despite the setback, the plans are a major improvement over what's there now.

City property records show that the site is owned by Green Street, so this development is highly likely to be a development partnership (like 10 South Central in Clayton) but that has not yet been confirmed.

On the other side of Jefferson, another interesting development is rendered that could put soccer fans within reach of Centene Stadium.

A 9-story apartment building is rendered on the northern half of the 2300 block of Chestnut Street. As with the hotel development, details are scarce on this one, but about 40% of the site is owned by Green Street.

Because of how the building would be oriented, views from the pool deck (see below) would have a picture-perfect shot down the gateway mall. The Arch would perfectly frame the Civil Courts building and, while not rendered in, Centene Stadium will sit at the bottom of the view.

The ground floor of the building appears to have no activation on the Chestnut Street side, but there appears to be either lobby or retail space on the 23rd Street and Jefferson sides of the building.

These three developments are just a few planned to link Downtown West to Midtown. Just a few blocks north of here, Jassen Johnson of Tower Real Estate Group has been working on plans to transform the block of Locust between Jefferson and Beaumont into a mixed-use development called, "JCMidtown".

A MetroWire media story from last October mentioned that an apartment building called, "Cooper" was planned at JCMidtown and would include a 500-space parking garage and demolition of the Sam Light Loans building at Jefferson and Olive. Other components of the JCMidtown project include a "Boxyard" development and additional retail/restaurant space. So far, Malone, a redevelopment of the historic Beamont Telephone Exchange building into apartments, has been completed.

All of these developments will, of course, sit along Jefferson Avenue which itself is set to be transformed by the City of St. Louis. Plans there called for a much-needed road diet that'll make Jefferson a bit safer to cross and drive/walk/bike along.


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