UIC Set to Break Ground on Contemporary Homes in The Grove

Avant Grove

Developers UIC appear set to break ground on three homes in the city’s Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. According to a Park Central Development meeting agenda, construction is set to begin as early as December of this year.

Located on the 4200 block of Gibson Avenue, the three homes being proposed range from 3-4 bedrooms, and 1,900-2,500sf. Estimated listing prices range from $290-352K. In 2012 UIC designed and built a custom home across Gibson from the proposed homes.

The project is seeking 10yr tax abatement. Current annual taxes paid on each lot is $40. Estimated property taxes after completion are estimated to be $4,000 annually. Completion of the three homes would leave two lots, 4223 and 4219, remaining for development.

In August, nextSTL featured UIC’s Avant Grove development, a proposal to build five contemporary single family homes on vacant lots. UIC is also planning a contemporary mixed use building on Manchester Avenue in the neighborhood, and is developing projects in the nearby Shaw and Botanical Heights neighborhoods.

UIC is known for contemporary infill as well as renovations of historic commercial and residential spaces. Public magnet school City Garden Montessori, patisserie Chouquette, and restaurants Olio & Elaia and newly opened Old Standard, are all located in UIC renovated spaces.

{UIC’s proposed mixed use building at 4321 Manchester Avenue}

UIC{UIC’s custom home on the 4200 block of Gibson Avenue}

UIC’s Avant Grove project:

UIC Gibson homes

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  • Presbyterian

    Did things ever get resolved with the Ready Room and noise issues?

    • Guest

      I live on the 4200 block of Gibson Avenue, and the short answer is no. Essentially, the Ready Room refused to do anything to abate the noise and suggested that residents build a sound barrer – like they do for freeways – in our backyards. The Demo is the larger issue of the two, though. City ordinances state that noise levels not exceed 86 decibels. Last night, we got decibel readings of 80 inside of our master bedrooms, with all doors and windows closed, so they are maintaining that they are within the law. For comparison purposes, this is equivalent to a motorcycle, truck without a muffler, or a hammer drill, which is obviously unreasonable to be subjected to inside of your home. Can you imagine having that kind of noise in your bedroom 6-7 days per week until late into the night? OSHA even mandates employees to wear earplugs at 90 db, and we are just slightly under that. I hate to say it, but it will probably turn into a nuisance lawsuit since the venues are basically giving the entire block a middle finger. Sigh.

      • Yojimbo

        Nothing else you can do, given the ongoing disrespect for community of the venues in question. Disappointing. These kinds of quality-of-life issues are superseded only by safety and schools in shaping the evolution of a neighborhood.

      • Paul

        I was just reading through (what I think) was the correct city ordinance, and it states that the sound must be measured “… at any point outside the boundary of the property upon which the stationary noise source is located”.

        By this reading, you were performing too stringent of a test of the decibels. You should measure just outside of their property, not inside of yours.


      • Mike F

        Well, you could start throwing rocks through their windows. Who’s gonna know? What are they going to do, fingerprint rocks? I’m afraid that sometimes, kid gloves don’t work with people who tell you to go f*** yourself. It’s a sad fact of life, unfortunately. Bricks will also work.

        I suppose, if you must be civil about it, you could picket on the sidewalk, with such signs like, “Sound Room, also known as Douchebags Anonymous”, or Sound Room, showing the world what dicks look like”, or, Sound Room, when showing you care about the neighborhood means saying ‘Fuck you’ to the neighbors”.

        Crude, but sometimes shaming and embarrassment works, too.

        • Alex Ihnen

          Your comment has been edited.

          • Nathan Bookhout

            Alex, from this point forward my wife is going to wonder why I’m out in the yard railing about those “not caring people driving too fast”. Thank you so much sir.

          • Mike F

            Yeah, I was actually going to do some editing myself, but I accidentally closed the page, etc. Thanks for that.

            Still, as someone who has had neighbors who play music loudly, let their spawn play ALL over the block (with little to no adult supervision, or, when they’re misbehaving, no remonstrance), well into the wee hours (2.30am; no kidding), and take the same–and, more often, worse–attitude as the owners of these venues, it can be mighty, mighty frustrating.

            Not that anyone’s wondering, but yes, I have shouted “Get off my lawn”. I now refer to it as the weed garden.

  • Presbyterian

    The Grove has hit that tipping point where property values and investment will steadily increase. With Urban Chestnut, UIC, GreenStreet, Wash U and others all working to develop The Grove, the neighborhood will definitely be the place to be five years from now.

    • John R

      I’d extend that optimism across Vandeventer to McRee Town/Botanical Hts…. I think within 5 years buildable lots will be rather hard to come by in both neighborhoods and a significant amount of redevelopment will have come to buildings along Vandeventer itself. The recent redevelopments for Bruno David Projects and GadellNet are just a taste of what the presently scruffy but high-potential street has in store.

  • tbatts666

    These are cute!