Locust Street Lofts Project Moves Ahead, Fate of 923 Locust Still Unknown

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Plans to transform two long-vacant buildings on Locust Street in downtown St. Louis are moving forward. Demolition bids are open to prep 917 and 921 Locust to be built out as market rate apartments. In April of last year, nextSTL was first to report TWG Development of Indianapolis had purchased the long-vacant row of historic buildings at 913-921 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis. The buildings were purchased from UrbanStreet, which had acquired them from the Roberts Brothers liquidation in 2012.

Demolition plans provide a first look at possible floor plans and unit layout for the project. The two larger buildings are planned to accommodate 88 apartments.

The corner building at 921 Locust is not included in the interior demolition plans, leaving its future still in doubt. The latest plan had TWG considering demolition and replacement with a two-story building. nextSTL has chronicled the building’s interesting history as an art gallery in this profile: When the Art World Came to St. Louis.

921 Locust Street:

917 Locust Street:

Proposed demolition and floor plans:

From previous reporting on NEXT STL: Plans Call for Demo and Replacement of 923 Locust, Renovation of Historic Row

locust-street{923 Locust in 1955 – even though the gallery had moved across the street and a modern storefront added, framed paintings can still be seen in the second story window}

Work could begin as early as Spring 2017. TWG recently completed an historic renovation project with some similarities in Indianapolis. The 14-story Penn Street Tower opened after a 20-year vacancy as 98 apartments last year. The 185,000 sf, 1913 building was renovated at a reported cost of $14M.

Looking west, then east along Locust Street:

Locust Street_STL917-921 Locust Street - St. Louis, MO

Rendering of a previous proposal for a Hotel Indigo at 913-923 Locust:

10th and Locust_Indigo

Continue reading: Market Rate Apartments, Infill Planned for 913-921 Locust in Downtown St. Louis

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  • Presbyterian

    I’m glad to see this project moving forward. Let’s hope we can also find a way to renovate the old Noonan-Kocian gallery at the corner!

    • Tim E

      I think it is a goner. Nor do I really see this at a big loss and feel stronger about it every time I see a picture of it. Sorry, but IMO it has had its life. To me what is great about a built environment is the fact that it can also change in time.

      The loss would not be in losing the building itself but having an empty corner lot if it is not replaced. Time for a new modern addition to hold the corner and compliment the structures next door..

      • STLEnginerd

        I think its got to be at least as tall as the building next door (4 stories) to justify demo and really to me I’d say 6 stories. Not a huge hurdle if they really want to demo it after all.

        • Tim E

          six stories would really make a nice bookend and look great with street wall from novice perspective. Would give the development a nice mix of new vs. lofts or niche office space