Mixed-Use Project at Clayton-Hanley Roads Back Before City of Clayton

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A revision of the revised revision for the mixed-use development at the corner of Clayton and Hanley Roads has been submitted to the City of Clayton. The project submitted this week is substantially the same as that posted in August (Revised Design Presented for Vacant Hanley-Clayton Road Site).

The project is still led by site owner Lipton Realty and 5G Studio is listed as architect, but it appears GBT Realty Corporation may have been replaced by LeCesse Development Corp. of Orlando, FL. The developer is requesting permission to build a mixed-use project taller than 45ft with some surface parking.

In 2009, a mixed-use proposal (images below) stalled. Late last year a new proposal presented a residential tower, office, and retail. The tower met opposition from nearby residents, and the city had concerns about surface parking and the project’s presentation at a busy entrance to Clayton.

A more subdued design submitted this August lacked some detail and may have fallen short of the city’s aspiration for an architecturally interesting development. The new submission includes more design detail and a more prominent corner treatment. The building on the site was a Schnuck’s grocery before being vacated in 2003.

Project details:

  • 10K sf retail
  • 30K sf grocery
  • 412K sf of residential
  • 300K sf parking garage
  • 188 retail parking spaces
  • 298 apartments and 548 resident parking spaces
  • 85ft, seven above and three below

7601 Clayton Project Narrative (December 2016) – 5G Studio
7601 Clayton Project Narrative This 7-story community consists of 755,000 square feet. The parking garage is located on the first three floors of the east side of the building. On the west side of 7601 Clayton, the ground level is shared between grocery and retail spaces. The residential component sits on the top five floors of the development and totals 359,000 square feet. The development features three courtyards and a pool with a fitness room and a clubroom located adjacently. The design and the expression of the materials is focused on creating a pedestrian-friendly environment through the integration of shifting planes of brick, stone, metal, and fiber cement paneling. 7601 Clayton is a project dedicated to providing its residents with all of the conveniences of living in an urban context.

 

From our previous story Revised Design Presented for Vacant Hanley-Clayton Road Site:

Clayton_Hanley

The third time may be a charm for a big mixed-use development at the corner of Hanley Road and Clayton Avenue. In 2009 the grocery store vacated in 2003 was to be redeveloped into a mid-rise mix of retail, office and residential. A similar proposal from this past November has now been set aside as well, and a new design and redevelopment plan appears set to move forward.

 

A 23,000sf grocery space is now shown as 30,000sf, and the number of retail bays reduced from four to three. Plans show 297 apartments, a few more than the 291 in the previous proposal. 42,000sf of office space is now gone, with apartments rising five stories above the two-story height retail space. The building rises seven stories across the site, and the building steps down a story as the site grade slopes down to the east.

 

 

It’s unclear if the proposal will win approval from the Clayton Architectural Review Board, or meet renewed resistance from neighbors concerned with traffic and a mid-rise development. As noted on the Urban STL Forum, the 2015 design was critiqued by the ARB and asked to “Enhance the architectural merit as this is a prominent property and southern entrance to Clayton”. While subjective, it’s difficult to see how the new design offers an enhanced architectural design. Additional feedback concerned surface parking fronting Hanley and Clayton. The new site plan with parking and a driveway, arguably worse aesthetically and functionally than a row of surface parking seems to fall short of responding to this critique as well.

7601 Clayton Project Narrative (August 2016) – 5G Studio

This 7-story community consists of 674,000 square feet. The parking garage is located on the first three floors of the east side of the building. On the west side of 7601 Clayton, the ground level is shared between grocery and retail spaces. The residential component sits on the top five floors of the development and totals 356,000 square feet. The development features three courtyards and a pool with a fitness room and a clubroom located adjacently. The design and the expression of the materials is focused on creating a pedestrian-friendly environment through the integration of shifting planes of brick, corrugated metal, and fiber cement paneling. 7601 Clayton is a project dedicated to providing its residents with all of the conveniences of living in an urban context.

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Images of November 2015 proposal (500Ksf Mixed-Use Development Planned for Vacant Hanley-Clayton Road Site):

Hanley_Clayton 2015_1Hanley Clayton 2015_2The 2009 proposal:

Clayton Hanley 2009_2 Clayton Hanley 2009_1

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  • John

    The 2009 proposed rendering looks less dated than the 2016 rendering. This design concept does not enhance the architectural character of the neighborhood in my opinion. The structure looks like it could be in Dallas or any other city, but I guess that could be said of most commercial developments. The construction materials are an interesting mix of colors, but I question if the “look” will stand the test of time.

  • rgbose

    Is that a long driveway from the west parking lot to the entrance off of Clayton?

  • Chicagoan

    The corner treatment is nice and urban.

    Almost 750 parking spots seem likely to envoke the anger of the suburban Clayton populace.

    The surface parking sucks and they shouldn’t be approved to build it.

  • Randy

    The relationship to the sidewalk on the eastern half needs to be improved. This is where pedestrians from the Moorlands will be arriving at the site. I would prefer the retail bays to extend east to Westwood Dr.

  • Benjamin Aronov

    Looks cheap but decent massing. Still with the 15 story towers to the north, a 20-25 story signature tower at the corner would be ideal. Something like this:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8e78fda6517c6252b4fa80e6c90d7c14350cb71eaa50df3fb86b32abba427536.jpg

  • PD

    There is very limited visibility coming over Hanley going east on Clayton. I dont see how the people traveling east will be able to get over and wait to make a turn into the parking garage there at all. Even coming west on Clayton that turn will be fast and tight right before the slight left approaching Hanley. Clayton road even has a median blocking the left turn for that purpose. Wonder if anyone has thought of that. The median is still there as that is just a fast section of Clayton road. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51add7c951b3c4f52f53b71b7b9d2e4a7f12b51883fedd9032ea038cfc6777ae.jpg

    • jhoff1257

      Based on the first site plan schematic those problems seem to have been addressed. The median will obviously be removed. Looks like the left turn lane from WB Clayton to SB Hanley will be reduced a bit and a two way center turn lane will extend west past the entrance to the garage. Not exactly sure how making a right from WB Clayton into the garage is any different from any other right turn off any other street. There really isn’t a whole lot they can do about the grade. People just need to slow down and pay attention.

  • Adam

    looks decent. surface parking is minimal. i’ll allow it.