88-unit 245 Union at West End City Apartments Set for October Groundbreaking

245 Union - West End City apartments
{nearly complete – imaged added 10-31-2014}

West End City apartments - 245 Union

After a five-year delay, Detroit developer Village Green is preparing to break ground this October on a planned $12 million, six-story, 88-unit apartment building above structured parking at 245 Union Boulevard. The residential infill will join the Congress, Senate and Westmoreland (formerly the Gatesworth) as part of West End City Apartments.

A building permit application was filed June 25. Sources state that the construction will also include a new, larger pool for residents and gym members as well as a dedicated bicycle storage area. Units will add a luxury option, having high ceilings, wood floors, granite countertops and stainless appliances.

West End City apartments - 245 Union
{although less detailed, this rendering may depict the most recent design iteration}

{245 Union will be built behind existing West End City apartments}

West End City apartments - 245 Union
{the site of 245 Union as it looks today}

This new residential building will bring added density to a block that is arguably already one of the city’s most dense. Bounded by Union, Pershing and the MetroLink right-of-way, the block is comprised entirely of multi-family structures ranging from three to seventeen stories in height and was built up around streetcar lines.

This new building will be constructed on a 1.3-acre site behind the Westmoreland, at the rear of the lot. The site is currently a surface parking lot which had replaced a one-level parking garage demolished in 2009. South-facing units in the building will have views over Forest Park.

The Congress was built in 1926 as a residential hotel and was home base for Charles Lindbergh on his return to St. Louis the following year. The smaller Senate Hotel was built in 1925. A newer lobby joining the towers was rebuilt in 2006 as part of an $8 million renovation.

Also this October, The Kitchen Sink will open on the ground floor of the Westmoreland in the space recently vacated by Rhine Haus Eatery & Pub.

West End City apartments
{The Congress and Senate apartment buildings fronting Union Boulevard}

West End City apartments - 245 Union

West End City apartments - 245 Union

West End City apartments - 245 Union