Long Vacant Detonty Site Gets New $10M UIC Plan, December Groundbreaking

Detonty development by UIC - St. Louis, MO

Another long vacant lot in the City of St. Louis will soon see 72 new housing units as urban developer UIC plans a December groundbreaking.  The vision, which includes three-story apartment buildings mixed with for-sale townhomes, is the third major proposal in recent years for the site on the 4100 block of Detonty Street facing Interstate 44 in the quickly developing Shaw neighborhood.

The site totals 84,000sf with more than 600 feet of street frontage. Phase 1 will include the renovation of the existing building at the east end of the site and a 36-unit adjacent building. A model townhome will be built, with additional units construction as sold. Phase 2 will include a 24-unit apartment building and is scheduled to break ground summer 2016.

Detonty development by UIC - St. Louis, MO

Detonty development by UIC - St. Louis, MO

De Tonty Street{looking west on Detonty Street today}

According to the Post-Dispatch, the project totals $10M, with Midwest Regional Bank financing the $5.5M Phase 1. Rents for the 24 Phase 1 1BR units will range from $900-$1,050, with 12 2BR units priced at $1,150-$1,350. Townhome prices are planned to start just below $200K. The proposed density is very near the 62-unit historic density of the site.

Detonty development by UIC - St. Louis, MO

Detonty development by UIC - St. Louis, MO{images of historic development scale – by UIC}

In March 2014, UIC began marketing Detonty Close, a courtyard housing project on the two-acre site. This was a second iteration of the UIC courtyard design. The 2-4BR homes were customizable and started at $225K. The plan saw a precedent in nearby Hortus Court, as well as Heger and Gurney Court on Magnolia across from Tower Grove Park. The project highlighted the challenge of building to historic guidelines as well. The plan outlined above replaces Detonty Close.

The site was also the focus of a What Should Be post on nextSTL. That plan envisioned rowhouses built to historic standards, with intermittent passageways and an urban farm with southern exposure behind the units. A small retail building would have fronted Thurman to develop the street wall.

De Tonty Commons - UIC{DeTonty Commons – a first iteration of the UIC courtyard plan}

De Tonty Close - by UIC{DeTonty Close – a second iteration of the UIC courtyard plan}

De Tonty Close - by UIC{DeTonty Close}

What Should Be - Detonty{What Should Be – nextSTL}

What Should Be - Detonty{What Should Be – nextSTL}

{an earlier plan by Millennium Restoration & Development envisioned single-family homes}

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Progress images added August 27, 2016:

detonty-in-progress-1 detonty-in-progress-2