Opus Plans $41M, 120-Unit Mixed Use Project on Clayton’s North Central Avenue

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25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

Opus Development is planning at $41M mixed use project at North Central and Maryland Avenues in downtown Clayton. The developer has two parcels under contract for the six story, 210Ksf building that would house 120 one and two bedroom apartments, 13,500sf of street level retail, and 145 below grade parking spaces.

The project spans nearly half a block on Clayton’s central commercial strip. The storefronts have been vacant since a failed effort to build a 245 room Westin hotel and retail development. That effort included retail development on the north side of Maryland Avenue as well. The conceptual plan is scheduled for December 15 review by the Clayton Architectural Review Board.

The project at 25 North Central is the fourth major residential mixed use building on the drawing board for Clayton. In various stages of planning are the $72M/250-unit The Crossing at Bonhomme and Meramec, the $100M/316-unit Montgomery Tower at Forsyth and Central, $55M/229-unit Vanguard at 8500 Maryland, 100-unit conversion of the 7-Up building at 121 S. Meramec, and 36 town homes at the former Maryland School. In total, more than $300M and 1,000 new units are being planned.

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

Opus developed the Park East Tower and Nine North Lofts in St. Louis City’s Central West neighborhood, and last summer proposed a 12 story, 217-unit mixed use building at Lindell Boulevard and Euclid Avenue in the same neighborhood. That project has all approvals in hand, and received a permit for preliminary work just last month.

The Clayton property is owned by neighboring Graybar, whose corporate headquarters sits immediately to the west. The property was purchased after the Westin development failed. Graybar had opposed a high-rise tower on the site, which would have blocked views for their existing building, and has now apparently identified a development it can support.

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

North Central Avenue - Clayton, MO

The project is just less than a half mile from the North Central MetroLink station to the south. Plans include garage space for 60 bicycles, and bicycle repair service for residents. The North Central sidewalk would be widened in accordance with the Clayton Master Plan, providing space for outdoor dining.

Parking access will be from Maryland Avenue, and another 30 surface parking spaces will be located at 111 North Central, an existing surface parking lot. Renderings of the mid-rise building show extensive use of brick with paneling and recessed balconies facing both Maryland and North Central.

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

25 North Central - Clayton, MO by Opus Development

{the various stages of the past proposed Westin design – CORE10 Architecture, 2009}

*demolition video added 01/10/2016 – posted by Joe Erker on YouTube

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  • symphony musician

    This project is moving forward. It has received all necessary approvals and I believe demo of the buildings will happen later this summer.

  • I would like to add to JimD’s comment. As the architects for the previous Westin Hotel project on the site, we are glad to see something finally going forward. I was afraid Graybar was just going to sit on the site. I would like to commend the architects for what appears to be a nice plan, if only I knew who they were. My other reason for knowing is to ensure that they are local. Too often on these new developments it seems that the architects are from out of town. I would like to encourage our local developers to utilize the great architectural talent we have here in St. Louis. Who better to design an appropriate streetscape than someone who walks the street daily.

  • JimD-StL

    Thanks, Alex; I appreciate your consideration of reporting the A/E/LA offices involved.

  • JimD-StL

    On so many (most) of the projects discussed on nextSTL, why is it that the AE firms involved are never mentioned? To have renderings & plans, there obviously has been significant preliminary design work performed. Could the architects & landscape architects be divulged with these stories? That’s just as important as the developments themselves.

    • Alex Ihnen

      I completely agree. If they are known, they are included. However, often, project images come from meeting agendas, permit applications, etc. and do not include either the architect or the construction/engineering firms. Thanks for the reminder to also look for this information.

  • Chris

    Anyone heard about the Drury Development on the riverfront by the Arch? Supposedly mixed use tower of around 25 to 30 stories? That would do wonders to help change our skyline…

    • Alex Ihnen

      This? It’s an idea. Drury owns the site – hopefully we’ll hear something soon.

      • John R

        My bet is we’ll hear something on a BPV tower first but I wouldn’t be surprised by an announcement from either at anytime. BTW, the first tower Cordish has under construction in KC is getting off to a very strong start — 22 of the 24 penthouses already have a deposit — and the strong demand has accelerated their plans for the next tower. I do wish OPO Tower would have been met with stronger demand — its not been terrible but also far from specatuclar — but hopefully this won’t discourage Drury and Cards/Cordish.

  • Presbyterian

    This looks like another good project for Clayton andd for the region. I wish it were replacing the surface parking lot across the street, but that too will get redeveloped in time.

  • rgbose

    What’s an AL apartment?

    • John R

      Assisted Living? Alternative Living? I’ll go with the latter…. these will be nudist units!

  • rgbose

    Too bad it’ll raze existing structures while this endures

    • moorlander

      This parking lot is frequently FULL. It will be interesting to see what happens in the short term with the strip of businesses caddy corner from this. House of Wong is moving east and I believe Pomme closed when Avenue opened. There are no vacancies on the rest of the block.

  • Sean McElligott

    I like Clayton a lot but why we don’t see you much of this in downtown or even the central west end? Did Clayton just has so much demanded build up over the years and now it is just being harnessed?

    • Alex Ihnen

      There are quite a few projects getting off the ground in the CWE – Opus at Lindell/Euclid, City Walk and Whole Foods at West Pine/Euclid, The Standard, West Pine Lofts… There could be more, of course. The recent modern proposal at Lindell/Taylor died for lack of tax abatement. Clayton just passed tax abatement for one of its projects. More residential should be coming to the Cortex district soon as well. And other ideas are floating around out there.

      • Bozotheliontamer

        There are some residents, along with Clayton School District, trying to fight the tax abatement. It may be too little, too late, though.

      • raccoozie

        Clayton has been mostly office buildings and is now getting several residential proposals.

        CWE seems mostly residential aside from the hospitals and medical schools. Is there or has there ever been much interest for business to locate offices in the CWE?

        I live and play in the CWE but I’m not a doctor, nurse, or bartender so doesn’t seem like I will ever have an opportunity to work there.

        • stldoc

          cortex in the cwe/midtown is primed to be largest employment growth center in the region in the next decade. should be a good opportinity for youself along with thousands of others.

          • raccoozie

            That is true! Good point.

          • raccoozie

            That is true! Good point.

          • raccoozie

            That is true! Good point.

    • John R

      Certainly all the recent action in Clayton and elsewhere in the Central Corridor will have some impact on downtown projects… I think longer term these projects will be good for everyone but in the short-term they have to be taking away some of the potential demand from Downtown. For whatever reason, things do seem to have slowed there.

      • Alex Ihnen

        Downtown there’s the Roberts Tower and 132 apartments, then there’s the Arcade and its 250 apartments. These are big projects. Here too there are rumors and ideas floating around. There are some other apartment conversions happening – the Laclede Gas building, etc. We’ll see what lands next. There are still some big buildings left that are likely residential projects, such as the Chemical Building and Jefferson Arms – then stuff in Downtown West.

        • John R

          It is not all gloom and doom downtown but after starting out the year with such promise I think thus far it has been a big disappointment. The Chemical and Intrada Lofts projects were nixed and the leasing up rate of the OPO Tower certainly hasn’t been robust — my hunch is that if those units moved faster we would have seen another tower or two announced elsewhere by now. Also, with Arcade-Wright, while that is huge for downtown, keep in mind that only 80 of the units are market-rate and the project never would have proceeded w/o throwing just about every incentive known to mankind at it. In fact, really the only developer moving ahead with market rate projects of any size is the quirky guy working w/o tax credits behind the “Gallery” projects and who now has the Laclede Gas and Alverne Buildings. Anyway, while I’m asking Santa for a holiday announcement of a nice downtown project and do believe we’ll continue to see some neat projects come along, realistically I think we have to assume that having hundreds of units come online elsewhere in the Central Corridor in the next few years will have some impact on the number and size of projects downtown.

        • stldoc

          Residential and Class A office towers at BPV should have happened years ago. Prime real estate with a view of the ballpark, BPV entertainment district and the new arch grounds just to mention the obvious. Just the visabilty of having millions of fans staring at the logo of the major tenant in an office tower from the seats or on tv every game would be huge. Built it and they will come. An apartment or condo with a view of the ballpark would likely open up a different segment of the market than other residential parts of downtown. Wash Ave is for people attracted to urban living while BPV could attract non city lovers that just love the cardinals that much. Thats my opinon at least.

  • moorlander

    I think the scale of this building is perfect for the site. I’m really looking forward to this development bringing back the vibrancy this block had prior to the RJ York failure and Il Vicino closure. EDIT – as well as San sai, and ZuZu