Since being unveiled in a April CityScene STL story, the Moxy Hotel has gone through almost all proper St. Louis City approval boards. The last known board the project went through was Conditional Use. That meeting was held on December 19th. As the approval process comes to an end, it's almost time to begin construction on the project.
A major thing to note is that the overall size of the hotel has grown a bit. The hotel will now stand at 13-stories and 175 rooms. That's an increase of 1 floor and 21 rooms from the initial plans. The overall design will remain the same, just the height and room count has increased. With the increased scope of the project, the overall project cost has has surely gone up from the original $16.5 Million figure. The new cost to build was not disclosed.
Construction should begin in Q2 2020 with the first building permit application being made soon according to a Hawkeye representative. Hawkeye plans on starting construction on the Moxy after the completion of the neighboring LeMeridien Hotel. That project, which will be the first for the brand in the region, should be completed in Q2 2020.
In Late May, the Moxy received approval from the LCRA for a tax abatement worth 90% for 10 years.
When initially unveiled, the Moxy got a lot of attention from urban minded people as this project will be one of the few to fill in a parking lot in Downtown. It also joins only a handful of other new construction projects in Downtown over the past 10-15 years. Most new construction has been centered at Ballpark Village.
Moxy Hotels are known for their smaller rooms that are geared towards millennials and younger travelers. Most Moxy hotels are found near walkable areas with bars, restaurants, shops, entertainment, and transit, which allows the hotel to have no parking. The Moxy St. Louis will have valet parking for those arriving by car, but most of their guests will arrive by Uber, Lyft or Metro. The nearest Metro stop is at 8th and Pine. Bars, restaurants, and entertainment can be found by taking a short walk to the Old Post Office Square area or to Washington Avenue.
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