UIC Reveals Plan for Contemporary Homes at Ballas and Ladue

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Develop-design-build company UIC is well known for its Botanical Grove development in the City of St. Louis. There, in what many people still refer to as McRee Town, contemporary new homes and historic renovations have have rebuilt a derelict neighborhood without wholesale demolition.

While that project continues, UIC has sold four new construction homes in The Grove, across from it’s first custom home in the area. Another custom home is on the way, and the company has completed infill in the Central West End, broken ground on new construction apartments in Shaw, designed a now-completed contemporary mixed-use building on Manchester, and may soon build on Cherokee Street. Now up next: Creve Coeur.

Plans by UIC call for two significant contemporary homes at New Ballas and Ladue Roads, just east of I-270. The homes, at 105 and 157 N. New Ballas Road would each be 3,000sf on 1-acre lots with a listing price of $1.3M. Custom designed for the topography of each lot, the homes located on Santino Court will share a modern aesthetic.

UIC’s Botanical Grove development will continue to grow, and has seen more than 40 new homes and award-winning culinary destinations such as Olio and Elaia, Union Loafers, Chouquette, and Old Standard, as well as other businesses so far. According to UIC, the company is currently the largest single family home building in the city.

Along with the Creve Coeur project, UIC Homes, the home building division of the company which also includes development, architecture, and carpentry, is launching an initiative to give one-percent of all home sales to a St. Louis based not for profit working with UIC to build affordable housing in St. Louis City. The company says more details on the initiative will be shared soon.

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  • kjohnson04

    It’s less cookie-cutter than what usually goes up. But I really think UIC’s focus should be North City, not inner ring County.

    • Patrick Sullivan

      You going to pay for them to focus on that area? I completely understand the need not to lose focus on some of the forgotten core areas of the city’s past, but everyone on this site is smart enough to realize that a company can only stay in business, designing and building, employing architects, carpenters, metal workers, plumbers, electricians the list goes on and on, on down to the general laborers, if they MAKE A PROFIT. The dogmatic world is always such a fun place to play, except for the fact that it only exists in theory for a reason. Companies don’t always need to make a sky-high profit, but if they’re going to minimize their margin by building in riskier areas, projects like the ones above simply have to happen.

      • thomas h benton

        The irony of what you are saying Patrick Sullivan is that Botanical Heights, f/k/a McReeTown, was as far gone as parts of north city – drugs, crime, abandonment. Being sandwiched on the “wrong” side of I-44, in some ways McReetown was worse off. And yet UIC seems to have gone just fine there. As someone who saw what that area was like before the Garden District Commission condemned a bunch of properties there, I never cease to be amazed at the transformation. Ten years ago, you would have said there would be no way there’d be a hot housing market and desirable restaurants there. There is no reason that North City can’t prosper, other than people’s perceptions that it can’t be done.

    • John R

      Not sure they are the best for North City unless they want to focus on a more affordable product. I think a solid housing production plan can work in North City but I’m not sure $300K+ homes are the way to go.

  • patrick

    it reminds me of Mike Brady archititure

  • Framer

    I generally like UIC’s designs, but the finished products often end up looking cheap. Hopefully, this will be an opportunity to use really good quality materials.

  • Alex P

    To those of you who wish to or have already pounced on this, new homes were likely going to be built on this land regardless. I’d rather have UIC designing these homes than your standard developer / home builder. These will be more sustainable buildings, have a much more inspiring design to those that live and grow up there, and will last much longer than most new homes around it.

  • Kyle

    “Friends don’t let friends live in Chesterfield… but Creve Coeur is OK!l Maybe UIC should amend that tag line to “Friends don’t let friends live outside of 270.”

    • Riggle

      Creve Coeur is honestly worse, at least people in chesterfield realize they abaondoned st louis, creve coeur still thinks its relevant to “st louis”

  • Terry

    There’s two perfectly good homes on those lots already………

    • Alex Ihnen

      Before that, I think that there was a perfectly good farm there. And before that, a perfectly good forest or prairie, not sure which.

      • DB

        Oh for the love of sweet baby Albert Pujols, anything inside of 270 is city limits in all of our peer cities.

        • RyleyinSTL

          In STL, for better or worse, it stops at the city boundary.

        • Riggle

          Thats some seriously revisionist BS, dont worry, maplewood is really the city

    • Richard

      Terry, with all due respect, mounds of dirt are better than those houses. It’ll be nice to see something fresh on that corner.