The lastest renderings and plans for BMO Harris and Walgreens at the Southwest Bank site appear virtually unchanged from what we were able to share last month. The proposal has run the gauntlet of public and neighborhood opinion in recent months, and been pulled from the Preservation Board agenda twice. It appears that this time, there may be a decision.
Comparing the October site plan to the Preservation Board submission reveals no real changes. The project does have a different look however, as the blue awnings are gone, and the buildings are shown as red brick instead of painted white.
Other small tweaks are the inclusion of the addition to the Southwest Bank building along Southwest Avenue. While previously shown in the site plan, it did not appear in the previous aerial perspective. The pedestrian access mid-block on Kingshighway is larger, and the Walgreens loading docks are shown screened by a brick wall as well. Finally, a rendering of the Kingshighway streetscape shows the building entrance oriented to the street.
November revised renderings show red brick, October renderings show white painted buildings:
Existing Southwest Bank / BMO Harris building:
The Preservation Board voted on 11/28/2016 to grant preliminary approval for this project with the following five conditions:
- City of St. Louis Streets Department must approve Kingshighway curb cut
- Needed conditional use permits must be acquired
- Consultation with city’s Cultural Resources Office regarding design details
- Building permits issued that reflect design presented to Preservation Board
- No drive through is allowed for new restaurant on Southwest
Our previous reporting:
BMO Harris Again Presents Revised Plans for Southwest Bank – October 16, 2016
Design Evolution Continues With BMO Harris Plan for Southwest Bank – August 5, 2016