The transformative 6 building development in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood is set to begin construction in the coming months.
Green Street's "Union at the Grove" development, which focuses around vacant and underutilized parcels on Hunt, Vista, and Norfolk in the Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood, will officially begin construction on February 1st. An official groundbreaking is scheduled for sometime in the Spring.
The project will feature over 160 new apartment units, 80 of which are targeted as workforce housing with attainable rents, so, for example, that healthcare employees and medical school staff can live near where they work. Those workforce housing units will be mixed throughout the entire development instead of being pushed into a single building or two. Amenities include private entrances, courtyards and walking paths; shared rooftop terraces, balconies, and barbecue areas; and bike storage, mail, and secure package areas. The properties are walking distance from Forest Park, Tower Grove Park, Cortex and the Washington University Medical Campus.
“This development checks a couple of important boxes for our community. It adds density to support our efforts for more environmentally sustainable development and less car dependency. It also has a workforce housing component to assure our neighborhoods remain economically diverse. Both are core values of the 17th Ward,” - 17th Ward Alderman Joe Roddy.
Beyond 6 new buildings and over 160 new apartments being added, infrastructure upgrades are also part of the project. The establishment of the Newstead West Community Improvement District allows these updates to be made now instead of not happening. The planned improvements include...
Resurfacing of streets and alleys
Rebuilding sidewalks and curbs
Installing new streetlights
Helping heal the City’s grid by reopening the cul-de-sacs on Vista and Norfolk at Taylor
“Union At The Grove is a natural extension of Green Street’s continued commitment to the City of St. Louis and Midtown redevelopment through partnership and community revitalization. Green Street’s innovative workforce housing model has enabled us to create, protect and cultivate income inclusive neighborhoods where they are needed most." - Joel Oliver, Green Street Senior Vice President for Development.
“This project fits right into the neighborhood strategy we developed a few years ago. Bringing this type of development to Forest Park Southeast will help continue the growth we are experiencing while maintaining the diversity of the neighborhood through workforce housing built near a major job center.” - Abdul-Kaba Abdullah, Executive Director of Park Central Development, which is based in Forest Park Southeast
Construction services will be managed by Green Street Building Group. Architectural work is being handled by Midtown-based JEMA Architects. The development cost is set at $40 Million.
To learn more about each of the buildings included in this development, and to see more renderings, visit Union-STL.com