Is a new multi-family, student-oriented building going to be built on the site of an old warehouse at 3663 Forest Park Avenue near the St. Louis University campus? Maybe.
According to the latest City Journal (PDF), Collegiate Housing Partners will present a proposal for a new multi-family building at 3663 Forest Park Ave. to the city’s Board of Adjustment on July 17, 2013 at 1:30pm. Currently the parcel is zoned industrial and would need to be changed to accommodate housing. There is no mention of the number of units and no renderings to our knowledge.
Below is a photograph on the Collegiate Housing Partners website that may be an indication of their building style.
From a brief internet search, it does not appear Collegiate Housing Partners has a high-profile project completed yet. Most search results relate to their controversial proposal to tear down Columbia, Missouri’s oldest building for a mid-rise student housing structure—a plan that has since been dropped.
The original warehouse on the Forest Park Avenue site—the Raiffie Vending Company— was demolished in 2012. Michael Allen’s Preservation Research Office has more information on the demolished structure as well as a now-dead proposal to replace the building with a hotel.
Below is a photograph from Preservation Research Office of the old warehouse prior to demolition:
If we find renderings of a completed Collegiate Housing Partners Project, we will post it here.