World News in Clayton Could Be Replaced with Mixed-Use Tower
With the recent news that Clayton's beloved "World News" business, at the southeast corner of the Central and Forsyth intersection will be closing, and the building it's in sold, we now have clues at what the future might hold for this site.
A notice posted to the City of Clayton's website doesn't give details such as height, but it does reveal that a team led by HDA, the Forest Park Southeast-based architecture firm who recently designed a 20-story residential tower at Carondelet and Bemiston, is the one proposing the project on this corner. The notice says that a tower, consisting of a hotel, multi-family apartments, restaurant space, and parking, is planned on the site. Between the World News project, the Carondelet and Bemiston project, Bemiston Place, AC Hotel, Forsyth Pointe, and the Residence Inn, Downtown Clayton will start to fill out in a big way over the next few years.
A community conference will be held to discuss the project on February 2nd at the Center of Clayton (50 Gay Avenue). The meeting will be held prior to plans being submitted to the City of Clayton for review. Those who are interested in attending are encouraged to do so.
To the south of the potential tower site, St. Louis County has contemplated building a new County Headquarters building on that parking instead of renovating their current building. The County has yet to choose an option for where their future home, but a decision is expected this year pending results of
About 8 years ago, Montgomery Development proposed a $100 Million, 31-story apartment building with 316 apartments. Solomon Cordwell Buenz was the architect on that project.
Note: I have reached out to HDA for more information and am waiting to hear back. When more information on the tower is released, this post will be updated.