DeSales Community Housing Corp. is a non-profit neighborhood group that has developed dozens of units in the Tower Grove East and Fox Park neighborhoods over the past several decades. The group’s latest project is billed as the “DeSales 2014 Impact” and will bring 36 housing units to the Benton Park West, Fox Park, and Carondelet neighborhoods in both new construction and historic rehabs.
All units will be affordable to residents earning up to 60% of Area Median Income.
Nine new-construction two-family flats in Fox Park and Benton Park West will bring 18 new units total. The remaining 18 units will be rehabs of existing buildings. The addresses that will see new two-family construction include: 2113 Oregon, 2618 Oregon, 2649 Oregon, 2842 Magnolia, 2846 Magnolia, and 2848 Magnolia in Fox Park as well as 2828 Ohio, 2832 Ohio, and 2836 Ohio in Benton Park West.
Below is a drawing provided to the Cultural Resources Office of the City of St. Louis by DeSales when the group applied for approval of its designs back in February 2014. It shows what the 2800 block of Magnolia’s block face will look like when construction is complete. The two-family homes being built on both Oregon and Ohio will appear similar.
Another Fox Park rehab is slated for 2829 Magnolia, which will become three units. Below is a photograph of 2829 Magnolia obtained from Geo St. Louis.
Both Fox Park rehabs will utilize State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.
DeSales will also be rehabbing in Carondelet, far from the area they have typically served near Fox Park.
The buildings at 7157 and 7153 Virginia will receive light rehabs (permit costs estimated at $27,000 each). In the Google Streetview capture below, 7157 Virginia is at the corner and 7153 Virginia is attached to its north.
The building at 7153 Virginia will receive a more substantial rehab valued at $140,000. The building is actually several connected vernacular-styled row houses more typical of Old North St. Louis construction, complete with “mousehole”-style entryways. A Google Streetview capture is shown below, though trees obscure most of the view:
All building permits referenced above have not yet been issued. Each two-family new construction will cost around $360,000 to build; rehabs range from $250,000 to $700,000 depending on the size of the building. We will notify you when the project breaks ground.