Located on a site in the city’s Wells Goodfellow neighborhood that comprises roughly two city blocks, the 112-unit Arlington Grove development is nearing completion.
Like its sister development North Sarah, Arlington Grove is a large, transformative project that is bringing hundreds of new housing units to an area that suffered from high rates of vacancy and abandonment. But unlike North Sarah, Arlington Grove is not strictly new construction: the old Arlington School, vacant for many years, has been resurrected as a residential building for the Arlington Grove development.
As in North Sarah, the developer is McCormack Baron Salazar. Their description of the project follows:
Unit Count: 112
Street: 1617 Burd Avenue
City: St. Louis
ZIP Code: 63112
Arlington Grove is a 112-unit development that will create a new community in the 22nd Ward of St. Louis City. Spearheaded by MBS, St. Louis Housing Authority, KAI Design & Build and Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, the development plan includes:
- The historic renovation of the abandoned, William B. Ittner-designed Arlington School into townhouses and garden apartments.
- New, historically representative townhouses and garden apartments developed with sustainable practices and materials.
- A mixed-use building with apartments above first-floor retail to help recreate the feeling of a dense commercial corridor and to spur further economic development.
Below are a few shots of the development.
One mixed use building and one apartment building that sit flush with Dr. Martin Luther King Drive:
And finally, the old Arlington School, reborn:
So what did the Arlington School look like just a few short months ago? Geo St. Louis contains some old photographs of the structure.
The Arlington Grove development should begin leasing soon.