The Shack Making Way for Even More Central Corridor Residential

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The Shack residential project

A while back nextSTL caught wind of rumors that The Shack  would be closing and making way for a residential project. It seemed improbable, but much of the development in the City of St. Louis seems improbable these days. And seemingly like most rumors of late, this one is moving forward.

St. Louis Magazine has reported that The Shack will be closing April 25. The restaurant and bar seemed to be doing well, and co-owner Brant Baldanza told STL Mag that there were no plans to close until he and his partners were approached by a developer. The Shack itself, and nearly all equipment, light fixtures, and more is headed for a new location in the former Wild Agave space in Valley Park, according to STL Mag.

The Shack was a new concept in the summer of 2012, and followed Pierre Laclede’s Pub & Eatery in the space, which itself followed a number of pub-style restaurants. The concept was originally touted as being that place Saint Louis University graduates would remember and return to year after year. The university is located immediately across the street. The Valley Park location will obviously depend on a different clientele.

Plans have not yet been made available and it’s not known if the project will include a retail component, but existing buildings are expected to be demolished. If it does, there’s reportedly a chance The Shack could move back in. Presumably the project will include 3802 Laclede, just to the east, which has been vacant since at least 2008 per city records. Just to the west of The Shack, three buildings were razed in 2011 to make way for a Jimmy John’s and Papa Johns in a two-bay storefront.

The Shack residential project{the development site will presumably include The Shack and 3802 Laclede}

The Shack residential project{3802 Laclede would presumably be lost to the residential project}

While development often seems to comprised of linear headlines, a closer reading of the narrative looks a little different. Both The Standard, the adjacent 465-bed development, and this project, were well underway well before the announcement was made that Ikea would be built just across the street, and Cortex would had more than half a million square feet of research and office space, as well as retail, just down the street.

If this area was set to explode with development prior to the Ikea announcement, and other Cortex projects now being made public, the transformation of this corner of the Central West End and Midtown may exceed the expectations of even the most optimistic who hoped to see long vacant lots and underutilized warehouses once again team with residents and workers.

A glance at various development in St. Louis City’s central corridor:

Central Corridor development map

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  • http://donspoliticalblog.blogspot.com Don

    This was the original location of the first Calico’s many years ago.

  • dempster holland

    how many are actually now under construction?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Here’s the latest:

      • dempster holland

        Thanks for the update. Another future project you may wish
        to consider is how development between Delmar and Page, from
        Grand to the city limits is progressing. I think more is going
        on there than people realize–but obviously it is in early
        stages.

  • Joe Bonwich

    I’m reasonably sure 3802 has been vacant since at least *1980* (?!), when it closed as “The Fifth House,” a music club.

    • Presbyterian

      Yes. The owner’s address is now in a retirement home in St. Peters. Sigh.

  • Justin Striebel

    Can’t tell (or I missed it). Is demo expected here, or are the current buildings being incorporated into the development. I assume it’s demo with fully new development, but just curious.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Wasn’t so explicit – have edited this line for clarification: “Plans have not yet been made available and it’s not known if the project will include a retail component, but existing buildings are expected to be demolished.”

  • Danny

    I was just walking down this block not 20 minutes ago, daydreaming about what I would do with 3802 if I had the money. I imagine that awful cinder block addition attached to the back end of the building made it difficult to redevelop (as well as the lack of foot traffic outside of college students due to SLU’s penchant for parking lots and grassy fields on that street).

    I wish things had been different and 3802 had been able to be successfully rehabbed as well as the three smaller commercial buildings on which the jimmy johns and papa johns now sit, but I’m ok if The Shack building and 3802 have to come down for more density. Now we need SLU to change its mind about its surface parking in this area as well as more infill in between Sarah and Vandeventer. That area in the border between the CWE and SLU/Midtown can be really cool someday with more density.

    Maybe someday, this intersection will look as cool as it did in the 40s in this photo posted on the urbanstl forum

  • moorlander

    The new location of the Shack is in Valley Park adjoining Tavern and Corner pub NOT Maplewood.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Thanks – it’s been corrected.

    • matt

      thats a shame.

  • wabash

    What’s the “Children’s Hospital Expansion” and why’s it at West Pine and Kingshighway?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Mostly because I put it in the wrong place. Will fix.

  • matt

    oh no, no more shackwhich!!! hope they come back.

  • dmbstl

    At least SLU isn’t buying it just to tear the building down and put up some sort of grass/fountain combo with fences around it.

  • John R

    My understanding is that SLU enrollment has been dipping… I take it that developers are confident that they can capture enough students currently living at home? Or escapees from SLU dorm hell?

    • John

      If they would build the Medical Campus they knocked down Pevely for, they would get more students. They really do need to get on that ASAP.