Washington University’s $80M Mixed-Use Student Housing Project Set to Open

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WUSTL Loop Project 17 8/5/2014

Washington University’s Loop Living development, under construction for a year and a half, will see it’s first residents in a few weeks. The four-building complex has 165 furnished apartments, United Provisions grocery and eatery (nextSTL sneak preview here), and the 24hr Peacock Diner. A fifth building at the corner of Westgate and Enright is planned.

The apartments are mostly three-bedroom with some efficiency and two-bedroom units. A few of the units span two stories. There is one level of underground parking spanning the length of the buildings on Enright. The addition to the built environment has been dramatic and the 24-hour diner and grocery store have been long sought amenities for the neighborhood.

WUSTL Loop Project 8/5/2014{View from the 2nd floor patio looking west}

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WUSTL Loop Project 6 8/5/2014{Each bedroom has a full size bed}

WUSTL Loop Project 8 8/5/2014{Living room}

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WUSTL Loop Project 15 8/5/2014

WUSTL Loop Project 16 8/5/2014

WUSTL Loop Project 16 8/5/2014

Previously, the site was an auto repair shop that was cleared several years ago, student housing, and commercial building:

{site plan for project: mixed use/housing in red, new residential in yellow, planned green space in green}

Background:
Washington University Exploring Options to Add Up-To 7-Story Student Housing to The Delmar Loop – March 2010
$80M Washington University Project Aims to Bring More Retail, Residential to The Loop – Feb 2012
Washington University Updates Plan for Loop Infill – July 2012

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  • It’s Gonna Happen Eventually

    Gonna be embarrassing when you’re licking some girl’s feet and a bunch of people outside see you.

    • It’s probably already happened

      Hey, everyone has their own kink. Luckily there’s this invention called curtains… You can lick away in privacy!

    • Mike F

      Got bored with the vanilla over at FetLife, did ya’?

  • BustinOutTheBando

    Man, people in those glass box rooms are either gonna love it or hate it. They’re pretty sweet to me.

    • opendorz

      I agree. I could imagine some tantalizing “people watching” going on from sidewalk cafes across the street!

  • Mike F

    Smart-looking group of buildings. I am reminded of the newer buildings erected around the Pearl St. mall in Boulder. They, too, have the same relative proportions and character that the original neighborhood commercial buildings sported. I’m sure I could come up with a quibble or two, but it is on the whole an aesthetically pleasing project. And, to my mind, proof-positive that contemporary and modern architecture can exist next to buildings one hundred or more years older than the new structures. I’ll take this over any faux historic townhouse or commercial in Lafayette Sq. or Soulard.

    I contrast this densely-developed site with the scorched-earth dead zone surrounding and interspersed amongst the structures comprising the meandering and disjointed SLU campus. It’s a fair cop, I say.

  • SnakePlissken

    Own a 900 sq. ft. home is U City, pay $3,000 in property taxes. Build an $80 million development, pay $0 in taxes. Makes sense.

    • Alex Ihnen

      I don’t believe this is accurate, but need to double check. WU makes a payment in lieu of taxes and/or spun off property management into a for-profit, meaning they pay property tax.

      • rgbose

        I thought the commercial spaces would be paying property taxes while the rest won’t. Note the AT&T building is also tax exempt. And the U City owned and maintained parking lots behind Cicero’s don’t pay anything either.

  • Don

    Being off campus, this is going to present some interesting security issues for the university.

    • BustinOutTheBando

      You think? You might be right but I dunno. The Loop’s pretty safe as it is and I imagine it’ll only get safer with a steady stream of WUPD cruisers going down Skinker and Delmar constantly.

      Kids stumbling home drunk late at night and being unaware of their surroundings/vulnerable to crime could be an issue, but even that doesn’t seem like that huge of a deal. According to the Skinker-DeBaliviere Times WashU’s building something like 100 new light posts along Skinker, probably with a bunch of those blue light security things too.

      • Alex Ihnen

        The good news for The Loop is that now WUSTL owns its security. Students have lived in this area for a long time, and there have been university owned buildings, but something like this shouts WUSTL. If something happens in The Loop now is more of a university issue than previously.

        • BustinOutTheBando

          Yeah, good point about how WUSTL’s just right there in your face in a big way now. 400 students and additional staff ain’t a trivial amount. Totally changes the vibe of the Loop, at least on that side.

  • ben

    If only it had been 7 stories..

    • kjohnson04

      That seems to happen a lot here. Everything maxes out at 4 or 5 stories unless it’s in the Downtown or Clayton CBD.

      • Rdan_the_engineer

        kj- it’s a matter of economics and the code. After 75 ft there are additional code requirements that are costly and limit construction type.

      • Alex Ihnen

        And FWIW – creating dense and economically vibrant communities works better with 4-5 stories everywhere than towers.

        • Mike F

          Agree. E.g, see, Washington, DC. This is much more preferable than the towers slammed down into the 2-3 story CWE. As well, these buildings are open, and relate to the street in a much more humane and welcoming manner. Contrast this with the BJC building at Euclid and FPP, the demo of two historic schools in a back-room land swap with the SLPS which produced a parking garage and a hotel catty-corner from that, and the Park East.

          Please, developers and City officials, more of the Lofts, and no more of the Park East and BJC monoliths.

          • Adam

            I think a few monoliths mixed in are fine so long as they relate well to the street. Take the Park Plaza for example. The problem is not the building height, IMO, but cheap construction and requisite parking garages in anything over seven floors. I really like the Park East tower above the garage portion. Unfortunately the rest of it—including the retail bays—sucks. The new BJC tower’s retail bays aren’t much better.

            Oh, and can we please get a goddamned building that’s not some awful shade of brown? Nothing says “dust bowl” like brown.

        • kjohnson04

          I can see that. Maybe I’m having a kneejerk reaction to so many 2 story buidings with massive surface parking next them (I’m looking at you, BJC).