Plans Presented for 108-Unit Apartment Development at Manchester-Hanley

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A high profile vacant site at Manchester and Hanley Roads may see a large apartment development if plans by Garrison Development of Kansas City come to fruition. The project, at 8071 Manchester, received a first hearing at the Brentwood Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing yesterday where the plan was met with a generally positive reception.

The early concept shows a four-story, 159K sf building with 108 apartments and 162 parking spaces. The building would be comprised of 37 one-bedroom, 59 two-bedroom, and 12 three-bedroom units. Sixty-nine of the parking spaces would be on one level underground. The rest would be surface spaces.

The project remains several steps away from becoming reality, with more meetings and review from the City of Brentwood, refined plans, then financing. Though at a heavily trafficked intersection, the site remains challenging as Black Creek necessitates a significant setback to the east.



The more than 2-acre site was once home to standalone Burger King and Memphis Best Bar-B-Que restaurants. Truman Bank acquired the site for $1.975M in 2007, where the bank once planned to build a new headquarters, moving from Clayton. Founded in 1988, Truman Bank was forced to close in 2012 after accumulating failed commercial real estate loans.

All assets were transferred via the FDIC to Simmons First National Bank, the current owner. The property has recently been listed for $1.395M. According to marketing materials, the site has 485 feet of Manchester Road frontage and the adjacent Manchester-Hanley intersection sees more than 40,000 cars each day.

aerial of 8071-75 Manchester

The intersection is the target of a major road project by St. Louis County. Plans emerging nearly a decade ago would have widened both Hanley and Manchester near the intersection and constructed what is called a Median U-Turn Intersection.

In short, these operate by drivers wishing to make a left turn passing through an intersection, performing a u-turn, then turning right as they approach the same intersection from the opposite direction. The proposal was meant as an alternative to an earlier single-point interchange which would have introduced a flyover and grade separation at Manchester.

The Median U-Turn Intersection was deemed an improvement which would be less expensive, reduce physical and visual impact, improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit access, as well as access to local businesses. The Maplewood MetroLink light rail station is less than 1,000ft east of the intersection. Initially, construction was set to being in 2012. There has been no update on the project for several years. A Clayton-Hanley corridor study was completed, but funding not identified. Videos illustrating how the intersection would function are below:

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  • SeenInMaplewood

    Agreed Tim, however, I have thought a lot about the NE corner of the intersection and the big problem is the river’s location. It is almost completely floodplain. If something could be worked out a mixed-use, multi story development that maybe just has very small retail spaces on Manchester and otherwise parking on the first story could be great.

    Also, let’s call the “U-turn left” what it is, which is a “Michigan left.” I am from there and they are all over the place. They work well in a lot of places, but tend to have a wide footprint which is accepted in a city that worships cars.

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  • Tim E

    Too bad this parcel wasn’t on the east side of Hanley and eliminate a very busy intersection between it and the metrolink station. But then again, that would mean that Sunnen would most likely own the land and you might see the same underwhelming development.
    Finally seeing the multifamily units proposed for inner ring suburbs with metrolink but most them still lacking on good access or not being located immediately next to the stations themselves. I think the best proposal by far is residential tower @ 212 (formerly the Crossings) being built in downtown Clayton followed by the Boulevards Phase II proposal adding another 160 residential units with decent transit access. Unfortunately for some of the other proposals/ground broken I put most of the blame on muni/local leadership embracing big box/tif/sales tax over smart long term/sustainable planning and a lack of great streets/multimodal vision near their respective metrolink stations. Developers like this one are proposing on opportunity and where the property to build on can pencil out financially.

  • Andy

    Looks like a a portion of the development is in a flood prone area which is likely why the layout is more towards the west of the property.

    • Likely true. This area experienced significant flooding as a result of Hurricane Ike in 2008. The adjacent homes to the north are atop a mini bluff.

  • nickfindley

    Whatever gets built there will be ugly and shoddy and will fit in perfectly with its surroundings.

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  • Joe s

    Thanks Alex for covering this story. A week ago I was checking out the website dedicated to the Hanley project – (The Hanley Manchester intersection is part of Phase I south) – when I heard plans of a multifamily development was potentially being built there. But I was having a hard time picturing the traffic flow and its impact on people who would be walking to the metro station, so that second video was much appreciated.

    As for the building itself, it would be nice if they moved the building closer to Manchester and put the front parking in the back. John Geppert, who was chairman of P&Z for over 20 years in Brentwood, made a comment on an article the other day that there is concern trying to go East on Manchester out of that location because traffic turning left at Hanley/Manchester backs up. So what doesn’t make sense is choosing the more Eastern access to the property. It requires cars to cut across the left hand turn lane. They need to choose the more western entrance/exit regardless of the Hanley road project. This would also allow them to have a drive that wraps around behind the building to the Eastern lot and move the building up.

    • Philip Scherry

      Are the intersection improvements ever really going to happen? I thought this project was never funded and had been canceled.