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Downtown West’s MacDonald Building to be Redeveloped

Roughly 2 years after plans for the redevelopment of the MacDonald Building at 1800 Washington were published on this website, a new plan has emerged. This time, the building will be redeveloped by local developer Matthew Masiel through his company Screaming Eagle development.

Masiel recently redeveloped 1820 Locust into the Lofts at the Hupp (70 units), the Board of Elections Building at 300 North Tucker into the Front-Page Lofts (51 units), Lyon School in Patch (32 units), the Hawthorne School in University City (35 units), and he is planning to redevelop the Fanning School in Tower Grove South into 62 apartments. Each project developed by Masiel has had great success on the leasing side of things. The redevelopment of the MacDonald Building should be no different.

Present plans, currently out for bid, include 56 loft apartments in one- and two-bedroom configurations. Plans also call for a ground floor retail space fronting Washington Avenue and basement parking. Planned building amenities include a fitness center and lounge. The redevelopment cost will be $17.3 Million.

Ebersoldt and Associates is the architect on the project. Masiel intends to begin construction on the project some time this month (April 2022) and wrap up prior to the inaugural St. Louis City SC stadium in March 2023. The contractor is expected to be Vanstar Construction based on bid pages.

The project is just one of several coming to downtown west over the next few years. The largest is the Butler Brothers Building. That one is located just a block south of the MacDonald Building and will include 384 apartments. Just across Washington Avenue, King Realty Advisors will soon break ground on a 184-unit infill project with about 7000sf of retail space. Other projects in the area include the renovation of a building near 22nd and Locust into loft apartments by the AHM Group and the 21C Hotel at 16th and Locust.

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