Friday Live Chat

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It’s back, the Friday Live Chat. You know what to do – just use the comments section below. We’re open from 2-3pm today:

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  • Alex Ihnen

    And that’s a wrap – thanks for joining!

  • Brad Heap

    Anything new on Pelican & Old Y on S Grand? I’m guessing develop you reported over a year ago fell through. Had heard someone else purchased it recently.

  • Brad Heap

    An chance Rock Spring School just off I-64 in FPSE gets redevelped? Great looking building but not in best location for a residential conversion.

    • Alex Ihnen

      There’s some residential nearby, but sadly I’d bet against it. Happy to be wrong though.

  • Tim E

    Anyone have anything to share on CORTEX/Wesford? Sounds like the trigger is going to be pulled on $300 million in work between Microsoft office space/parking garage and mixed use/hotel/residential.

    • Alex Ihnen

      You’ve shared it! For what’s next after what’s next? Look for more retail in the area (beyond the Foundry), and more property movement, oh, and more within Cortex.

  • Mike B

    Do you know who owns the shuttered Melvin Theater? Would love to see that put back to good use.

  • SouthCityJR

    Any thoughts on the most likely use for old Cleveland High School? Residential conversion or something different?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Lots of thoughts – and working on presenting some in a more formal manner. Residential (at first glance) may be the most likely, but it could still have an institutional use. At this point, what is needed is more awareness and more ideas.

      • Alex Ihnen

        Some of the interior spaces beg for a more public use:

        • SouthCityJR

          Would be great if a charter or any type of school could be involved.

  • Greg

    What’s the possible MLS stadium site near SLU? I know about the one near Union Station that the St Louis Biz Journal posted.

    • Alex Ihnen

      Chouteau/Grand.

      • Greg

        I guess you could do a good march from the bars in the Grove down Chouteau to the stadium. Either site needs plenty of places to go before/after the game.

        • tony

          There’s a QT at Vandeventer, that’ll make the millennials happy.

        • Brad Heap

          Rally’s & Captain D’s aren’t good enough for you/)

          • Greg

            I do love me some Captain D’s. Not enough of them in St Louis. Bring in more and we’d see a turn around for sure.

          • Alex Ihnen

            I remember “discovering” Captain D’s in Ft. Wayne about 25yrs ago. Soooo good. Like what Long John Silver’s should have been.

        • Alex Ihnen

          And Grand MetroLink would be at the doorstep. Perhaps SLU could use it too?

          • Greg

            Would probably need to do something to make it safer/easier to cross the railroad tracks. That would be a big bottleneck going up the stairs/elevator from the metrolink station to Grand bridge.

          • Matthew Hibbard

            Greg, Metro is working with nearby developers to better tie in the Grand MetroLink Station. I’ll have more on this in a transit development project I’m working on. Stay tuned.

          • tony

            Is the Midtown site being selected hinging on SLU being a partner?

          • Alex Ihnen

            Presumably they would have a big say in it. On that corner SLU owns some land, with some parcels held by SLLC Real Estate, which is more/less Cortex. For example, IKEA bought land from SLLC.

      • Greg

        If they do something with the old Armory that could also be a good spot before/after the game.

        • Greg

          Anymore news about the old Armory?

          • Alex Ihnen

            Green Street is still looking at redevelopment options. I’m confident that something will get done, though the timeline is anyone’s guess.

      • Aaron

        Which corner? NW?

  • SouthCityJR

    Any thoughts on when we could see significant house rehabbing in Dutchtown? In TGS it seems like nearly every block always has at least one dumpster parked for a house being rehabbed. Would love to see that level of investment extend further south in the future.

    • Alex Ihnen

      I think it’s coming. I need to dig into numbers soon, but did see that 20th Ward alderwoman Cara Spencer Tweeted a while back, “20th Ward: 3rd highest increase in building permits in the City. Join the momentum in one of the fastest growing areas in STL!”

      With the Greater Gravois work, engaged aldermen, the still sorta recent Jefferson/Gravois historic district (and so tax credit availability), etc. we’ll see more investment. It’s never as fast as we would like, and Dutchtown (and Marine Villa, Mount Pleasant, Gravois Park) is a huge area.

      • Brad Heap

        A little Syria would be cool. Better branding / marketing of Little Bosnia would help too.

        • Aaron

          If they wait too long, Little Bosnia will be in south county.

  • pat

    Now that you are the Dutchtown SCC Executive DIrector, do you get a lot of input on the Greater Gravois planning? If so, how are things looking on it?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Good question. I’m just getting started and we’ll have more to announce with that soon. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish with DSCC and partners. The reality is that without robust city-led planning, these types of efforts are what will shape the coming decade of development. It’s to the city’s detriment that some places aren’t been covered.

  • Mike B

    Speaking of schools, is Sherman in Shaw still happening?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Haven’t heard otherwise.

  • Andy

    It appears that the Gratiot school in the Clayton/Tamm neighborhood in Dogtown is going to be market-rate housing. Does anyone know the details?

    http://www.slps.org/realestate

    • Alex Ihnen

      Have only seen that it will be 22 units. Not sure what’s the become of the gym and other former common spaces. It’s will into construction and so not accessible, but Garcia Properties has a certain look and finish to their projects so we might be able to guess at the final product. It will be interesting to see what is done with all the blacktop surrounding the building.

      • Andy

        My thoughts exactly. I’d expect clean lines, white cabinets, light grey walls… Challenging project for sure. It’s nice to see buildings like this getting new uses.

  • Dan Salmo

    Curious where you stand on the TIF aspect of Clayton’s Centene project? Haven’t heard much push back or details regarding what specifically they want the TIF for- or what aspects they would NOT build if didn’t get tax breaks?

    As always, thanks for your great writing!

    • Alex Ihnen

      First, the worst TIF is for retail development. Second, it would seem that Centene, which spent $40M+ on land acquisition in the highest rent area of the state, would perhaps not be the best use of TIF. However, that’s not how subsidies currently work in the St. Louis region. Everyone seemingly gets something. FWIW, the subsidy request by Centene doesn’t not appear to be out of line compared to other projects.

  • Brad Heap

    The name Foundry is being used a lot recently. Any connections?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Don’t think so. It’s a little confusing.

      • Brad Heap

        The Foundry St Louis group doesn’t appear any more transparent than the MLS2STL group. They also mention community involvement. Am I being too impatient?

        • Alex Ihnen

          IMO – there’s a lot of movement behind the scenes with different groups hoping to be able to come to the public with ideas. And no, there’s no such thing as too impatient when it comes to civic engagement! 🙂

          • Tim E

            Lot of movement but who really has the money for the $100 million franchise fee at end of day?

          • tony
          • Alex Ihnen

            Yes, absolutely. That’s THE bar to get over for anyone. My concern is that, just like almost every other big project, the usual suspects run the show, talk a good game, tie everything up behind the scenes, then present what’s going to happen, say they need $Ms in support and it’s all or nothing. IF there is truly a 100% private $ group ready to go, that could be great, but that seems unlikely, and again, given the track record on big projects here, this process should be different.

  • tony

    I also haven’t read the Forest Park plan yet, but is Skinker included in that? I would love to see curb extensions/bike lane, etc down that stretch.

    I cross at Rosebury every day and it is not exactly fun.

  • tony

    So with Kingshighway/FPP getting underway soon(ish), what is the latest with the Grand intersection?

    Is SLU officially on board with assisting the city on the design/funding? Also, will that stretch east to influence/change the Market/Compton light as well?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Awaiting funding. Not clear that SLU will fund and so may await other funding sources through the city. Some work has been done to plan for the change. IMO – it’s a matter of when, not if.

  • Nick

    Do you know what they’re building at Gravois and Oregon across from the QT?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Yes.

      • Nick

        Care to share?

        • Alex Ihnen

          🙂 The site is owned by St. Louis Community Credit Union, per city records. Hope to share more soon.