Work Begins on Jesuit Archive Facility at 3920 West Pine

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Work has commenced at 3920 West Pine Boulevard in the city’s Central West End on a $10M facility to house the Jesuit Archives for the Central United States. As we reported in September, the long-vacant site had seen several plans come and go as a construction boom blossomed around it. The project is designed by FoxArchitects of St. Louis.

The property was acquired by the U.S. Central and Southern Province, Society of Jesus this past month. Its current office is located at 4511 West Pine, where Jesuit ministries addressing the Delmar Divide, international religious violence, and environmental justice, are administered. The Central and Southern Province covers states from Colorado to Florida and includes Belize and Puerto Rico (map below).

The proposed new construction would be a two-story, 29,000sf building to house archives, and include meeting rooms, study areas, and office space. The existing building, dating to 1920, was first occupied by the W.B. Knight Machinery Company and then Jarold Manufacturing. It has been vacant and on the market for several years.

From our previous reporting: Jesuit Archive Facility Planned for 3920 West Pine in City’s Central West End

3920 West Pine_rendering

Site of more than one residential infill proposal that failed to get out of the ground, the one-story warehouse at 3920 West Pine Boulevard in the city’s Central West End neighborhood may be replaced with a new institutional building. Planned is a $10M facility to house the Jesuit Archives for the Central United States, according to information posted on the Park Central Development Corporation site.

The property was acquired by the U.S. Central and Southern Province, Society of Jesus this past month. Its current office is located at 4511 West Pine, where Jesuit ministries addressing the Delmar Divide, international religious violence, and environmental justice, are administered. The Central and Southern Province covers states from Colorado to Florida and includes Belize and Puerto Rico (map below).

The proposed new construction would be a two-story, 29,000sf building to house archives, and include meeting rooms, study areas, and office space. The existing building, dating to 1920, was first occupied by the W.B. Knight Machinery Company and then Jarold Manufacturing. It has been vacant and on the market for several years.

 

3920 West Pine_elevations

As the residential development boom has hit the far eastern end of the neighborhood adjacent to Saint Louis University, more than one plan for apartments has come and gone for 3920. One vision would have risen four stories and appeared to be a fairly traditional apartment building, while another would have been seven stories with a facade of concrete and wood (images at bottom of post).

Other nearby apartment projects likely impacted the viability of those plans. The 206-unit West Pine Lofts were completed on the same block, the 164-unit The Standard is just around the corner, and the 77-unit Piazza apartments across the street was completed earlier this year. There’s also apartment conversions at 4100 Lindell, 4242 Lindell, and the Gerhart Block building.

The plan for the Jesuit archives will need a variance to the neighborhood’s still new form base code, which calls for a building at this location to rise at least three stories. It also appears that it will no conform to the “80% of the Build-to-Line” requirement, a measure meant to preclude big gaps in the street wall formed by building facades. Construction could begin as early as next month, with completion next fall.

3920 West Pine_rendering looking west3920 West Pine_rendering looking east3920 West Pine - St. Louis, MO{the existing one-story building at 3920 West Pine}

Two prior proposals for infill apartments at 3920 West Pine:

3920 West Pine_housing concept 23920 West Pine concenpt

Map of Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province:

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  • Nick

    I always found it odd that SLU hasn’t purchased the large boarded-up house at 3915 W Pine. Could work well for administrative purposes.

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  • Riggle

    Why is that rendered person riding on the sidewalk?

  • tbatts666

    Darn the older sketches looked a lot more interesting. overall pretty good building for a fantastic organization! Jesuits are the bomb.

  • John

    I think this is a fine development; no qualms from me. The location near SLU makes sense for the intended facility’s purpose. Plenty of other apartment and retail developments in town. Thanks for the update.

  • Riggle

    “Lowest and worst use”

    • Alex Ihnen

      Thank you as always for an informed and insightful addition to the conversation. :/

      • John K

        Noticed that the buildings to the west of this on West Pine have “sold” on them and a banner on the fence advertising new apartments. Are those buildings coming down for another apartment complex?

        • Alex Ihnen

          If you’re talking about 3938 immediately to the west, it is now owned by Cornerstone Development, the same group that built the apartments across the street: https://nextstl.com/2014/09/another-new-apartment-building-horizon-st-louis-university-area-3933-59-west-pine/

          • John K

            They own all three parcels – 3938-3948-3954 West Pine? I guess they plan a matching apartment building on the south side of the street?

          • Framer

            The banner is advertising the new apartments on the north side of the street.

          • Alex Ihnen

            They do, and I think that’s correct.

          • STLrainbow

            Well that’s concerning… their project across the street is a jumbled, soulless mess (and subsidized to boot) and if they plan to do similar with these properties, especially if there is a demo of the nice two-story at 3954 W Pine, it will be a big bummer.

            Really that entire stretch of West Pine from Vandeventer to Sarah has become a huge disappointment, given the great potential it had. I suppose it could be somewhat salvaged if SLU activated the corner lots on Vandeventer with good mixed-use that included a bit of retail and the mansion next to Cafe Ventana was rehabbed. Not sure what Red Cross plans to do with itsholdings.

          • rbeedee

            Are you talking about the Piazza (https://nextstl.com/2014/09/another-new-apartment-building-horizon-st-louis-university-area-3933-59-west-pine/)? I thought at the public meeting on the Studio Gang building proposed for the CWE, Roddy said that the Piazza did not get tax abatement. Am I understanding that right? There’s nothing mentioned about tax abatement in the Geo St. Louis database, but I don’t know how to look for it in any other city records.

          • STLrainbow

            Yes, the Piazza… you may be right though about no abatement; maybe there was no increase for 2016 Tax Year as it opened just recently. If it didn’t receive abatement property taxes should jump significantly for the 2017 tax year. (The Standard jumped from $50,000 in 2015 to $750,000 in 2016.)

          • tbatts666

            I wish. Would be great to get a buy in for good urban form from SLU! I think if it would be nice if Vanderventer were narrowed in the area.

          • John K

            What is the story with that vacant mansion next to Cafe Ventena and will it survive? Is there a chance SLU would ever do anything to develop the two surface lots they have on the NW and SW corners of Vandeventer and West Pine?

          • Riggle

            No, they think it is developed. ITS PARKING!

      • marca stewart

        Do you really care for “informed” additions to your conversation? That’s all I have to say!

      • Riggle

        Joe Roddy claims to want “highest and best use” in his ward. This aint it. So my comment was a actually more informed and insightful than average around here.

    • Framer

      It’s really not that bad. It’s built to the sidewalk and serves a good function. Everything can’t be a mid-rise, multi-purpose building.

    • ParallelParker

      Hope you’re getting treatment for your ongoing depression.