Grove Properties Set to Invest $2.8M, Revive 12 Buildings in The Grove

Grove Properties - Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis MO

After a decade of methodically building a portfolio of completed for sale homes and apartments under management in the city’s Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, Grove Properties is set to significantly increase its investment. The next phase of development includes four single-family homes and two town homes for sale, and the renovation of 14 apartment units.

Grove Properties is known for some dramatic renovations in a neighborhood that has seen drastic change over the past decade. Vacant homes have increased in price from less than $10/sf to $25/sf or more. The company has pushed gut rehab home sales well over the $100/sf price. Their complete gut rehabs have found success in a micro housing market that offers little variety.

Grove Properties - Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis MO{Grove Properties projects highlighted in yellow}

Now, 12 buildings are being redeveloped at a total investment cost of $2.8M. The properties are located both north and south of Manchester Avenue. Redevelopment has been much more common north of the neighborhood’s central dividing line. The Forest Park Southeast Historic District was recently expanded to encompass much of the area south of Manchester. The most unlikely buildings to be rehabbed may be 4145 Chouteau, 4370  Swan, and 1210 South Newstead, though none are currently in good condition.

The largest project will be the renovation of 916-924 Talmage, a row of three buildings on a truncated street on the neighborhood’s northern boundary. Castle parapets mark the three identical buildings dating from 1906. Vacant for several years, the buildings will be renovated as six total apartments.

Tax abatement is being sought for all properties. Estimates show an approximate seven-fold increase in property tax revenue after renovation. If granted, the proposed 10-year tax abatement would expire in 2024, resulting in aggregate revenue of  $33,254 annually, up from the current $4,701.

Grove Properties - Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis MO{1210 S. Newstead will be renovated into two rental units}

In general, renovations and new development in The Grove have been supported with tax abatement, though in certain circumstances projects have received a five year abatement instead of 10. Despite recent significant investments including the Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Brewery & Bierhall, there remain more than 120 vacant lots, and 40 vacant buildings in The Grove.

Grove Properties has completed approximately 35 renovations in Forest Park Southeast. Its largest single property is the Lambskin Temple Lofts, visible from Kingshighway, just south of Interstate 64. Grove Properties is a nextSTL advertiser.

Grove Properties - Forest Park Southeast, St. Louis MO{4145 Chouteau Avenue will be renovated as a for sale single family home}

Two before and after images from Grove Properties:

Brick bungalow before_after

4440 Arco

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Permits for the three buildings on Talmage Avenue were issued in September 2016, with working beginning in October. Work appears to have begun on the adjacent corner property at 4145 Chouteau as well. A newly constructed home at 4141 Chouteau sold for $350K in August of 2016.

November 2016:

talmage_chouteau_nov-16

Residential infill at 4145 Chouteau:

4141 Chouteau