Loop Trolley Corridor Photo Tour: Delmar from Des Peres to Limit

Let’s continue our tour of the Loop Trolley corridor heading west along Delmar from Des Peres.
See the first installment: DeBaliviere
See the second installment: Delmar East of Des Peres.

Things pick up as one heads west. There is a lot of litter especially in front of the inactive properties.

Des Peres is blocked for cars, but not bicycles. Townhomes are planned for the lot on the right.

Redevelopment opportunity at 6045 Delmar

{H3 Studio} The Skinker DeBaliviere Neighborhood Plan shows an ambitious vision for redevelopment of the area.

Rosedale Building waiting for new life.

The southeast corner of Rosedale and Delmar. Anyone remember a time when this was active?

Rosedale is blocked south of Delmar

Rosadale south of Delmar is a moonscape. It desperately needs to be repaved. Shame they couldn’t go a few feet into the side streets during the repaving of Delmar. Also the sidewalk repairs didn’t include the texture that the rest of the sidewalks have.

The Everly and Delmar Hall. No word on possible occupants of the retail space in the Everly. The addition of 400 residents on Delmar will hopefully encourage some of the nearby properties to become active.

The Trolley stop at the Pageant. Poles are meant to keep jaydrivers off the platform. None of the stops on Delmar have seating or shelters. Hopefully that will come later.

The fence in front of the former Mt. Olive Church has been up for 10? years. Joe Edwards purchased it and plans to bring it back to life. Hopefully the empty part to the east will get a 2-3 story building. The sidewalk in front is deteriorating. Its assessed value per acre is $504k.

OMG, the tracks are too close to the curb!
Operation Mirror Saver to the rescue!

The blighting boarded-up low-productivity former fast food building at Delmar and Skinker. Closed for four years. Call now! It may become a Ferris wheel. Its assessed value per acre is $297k. The single-story Pinup Bowl across the street is $821k per acre.

How about something like this?
Approximate size of the proposed Ferris wheel

The northwest corner of Delmar and Skinker. The Shell Station’s assessed value per acre is $221k. Pace plans to redevelop it into a pharmacy and two floors of office space above. Pace has been granted eminent domain power to encourage Circle K to give up their lease. Removal of this vehicle magnet would improve walkability.

What used to be at that corner.

The intersection of Skinker and Delmar. Just a year after its reconstruction the paint is fading. The curb cuts are in line with direction of travel. A goal of the trolley is to strengthen the east-west connection here so people view it as the same place. Development on any of the three nontraditional corners would help. The ferocity of traffic on Skinker will continue to be a hindrance.

The barely used parking lot on the southwest corner of Skinker and Delmar. Word is that AT&T won’t sell it for security reasons. The site almost became a Jack-in-the-Box. Its assessed value per acre is $126k.

What used to be at 6200 Delmar. Despite being occupied it was deemed obsolete in the early 1970s.

What used to be at 6208 Delmar.

The AT&T building- tax exempt

Another barely-used parking lot next to the AT&T building. Its assessed value per acre is $124k.

Eastgate at Delmar. Crosswalk markings are missing.

Awkward crosswalk on the north side of Eastgate and Delmar.

A crosswalk at Limit and Delmar. Before there were no crosswalks between the Tivoli and Skinker.

The Delmar Loop Memorial Puddle and Sometimes Skating Rink has been vanquished! Bless the heart of whomever made this happen!

  • Framer

    Curious why the ATT building is tax-exempt? They are a for-profit corporation, after all.

    • rgbose

      My guess is the building is considered utility infrastructure.

  • Ben Harvey

    I believe that eventually the rising property value will force AT&T’s hand here. Especially now that the other corners of the intersection are seeing development. Wouldn’t surprise me if they get an offer on the building they can’t refuse.

    • rgbose

      The low land value assessments don’t help.

    • PD

      Ive been told they simply cant move even if they wanted to. The entire building is a switching post for every land line for the central corridor. I heard(good source) that att just doesn’t want to pay to move the routing.

  • John

    Thanks for an insightful article. I look at these photos of the Delmar Loop area with all of the missed opportunities, and I wonder who should be held accountable. It seems there is a lack of strategic oversight when side streets go unpaved and intersections have poor crosswalks. There does not seem to be attention to detail to the overall trolley and street repavement project. Who in charge of this project is to blame? People in leadership should be held accountable. Vendors should be held accountable. The public should demand better than this!

    I am not a fan of the trolley, but since we have it, why not do it with excellence? The streets should be nicely paved and have beautiful sidewalks if pedestrians are desired. It looks so hodge-podge and haphazard. There does not seem to be a “sense of place.” I think the Delmar Loop area has a lot of potential, but again, there seems to be no strategic vision or leadership based on what we are seeing. I would like to see more quality and less frivolity. The streetscape here is sad.