Soulard Building in Ruins to be Rehabbed, Added Onto (1923-27 S. 10th)

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As reported in October 2014 by nextSTL, Soulard’s most desperate property will soon be seeing full rehabilitation — plus two major additions to the property that will restore the historic streetscape. The building located at 1923-27 S. 10th Street will see a $370,000 rehab of the main structure plus the addition of two attached buildings to the north and south of the existing building on what are currently vacant lots. Building permit applications were received by the city this week but have not yet been issued.

New owner Renovations Unlimited, LLC acquired the heavily-damaged property from Rehab Girls, LLC, a subsidiary of Red Brick Properties, who had previously sought to demolish the structure.

Below is the street elevation shown on Renovations Unlimited’s website. The building in the center is the existing structure; on either side are two historically-sensitive new additions:

1923S10th

Below is a photograph of the current state of the existing building, courtesy of Geo St. Louis:

1923S10thBefore

Click here for a map of the area.

 

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  • Richard O

    This is great news however why does it take so long to get these neighborhoods rebuilt? Several years ago I contacted Michael R. Allen the Director of Public Architectural History who has great concern in preserving our historical neighborhoods and buildings. I had suggested that the St. Louis Development Agency work with developers and restoration specialists to establish low interest loans thru local financial institutions and focus on specific historic districts such as Soulard, Benton Park, Benton Park West,LaSalle Park, LaFayette Square, Hyde Park and other areas of the city and get them completely redeveloped instead of the piecemeal approach. Soulard, Laclede’s Landing and all the other historic neighborhoods have been a work in progress for over 20 years. It’s nice to see rehabbed buildings and decent infill housing but then you will see boarded up vacant buildings and empty lots in the same neighborhood that should have been taken care of years ago. We should be done with Soulard and Benton Park and have created a critical mass and moved on to other neighborhoods. This piecemeal process is taking too long and we don’t live forever. Any ideas on how to speed this process along?

    • John R

      Much of the problem stems from a limited single-family residential market that hasn’t been able to tackle more than a few hundred properties a year citywide. Multifamily has been better, and I agree there are certain things that individual neighborhoods can do to speed things along to a degree, but we likely won’t be able to make a radically deeper, swifter dent in the incredible amount of single family lots that are either vacant or in need of rehab until the single-family housing market improves and/or we get significantly more in-migration.

      • Richard O

        Do you think if these neighborhoods were completely cleaned up with rehabs and infill that might encourage more demand for the single family residential market? My thinking is when people see boarded up buildings and vacant lots it scares them off from buying in that neighborhood even if there has been significant improvements. If there was more focus on that specific neighborhood to completely rehab and rebuild that it would help create a critical mass thus encouraging people to invest in that neighborhood and then we can move on to an adjoining neighborhood until we finally have large sections of the city that don’t look disinvested. I guess I’m thinking if we do this it might help generate more interest and demand for single family residential units. There is always an element of risk taking but I feel this piecemeal approach makes it more difficult to market a rehabbed unit when there are boarded up buildings and vacant lots across the street or around the corner.