Another 33-story apartment tower has been proposed across from Busch Stadium according to documents the city’s Preservation Board released this week. This proposal is not the planned Ballpark Village residential tower but instead is a second, competing tower. The planned tower will have undulating glass walls with balconies at the corners and structured parking below. HDA Architects is listed as the designer. The firm declined a request for comment on Thursday.
The developer has proposed demolition for the six story structure currently at the location at 300 S. Broadway at Clark Ave, adjacent to the Tums factory. The existing 93,000 square foot building was built around 1900 was the home of Cal Hirsch & Sons Mercantile Company.
Red brick pilasters frame brick arches that sit atop a stone base. Currently the building serves as the Joseph P. Cosand Community College Center of St. Louis Community College. The school bought the structure in 1980 and uses it to house its Chancellor’s office and district administrative offices. The school announced its intention to sell the building last April.
While in a preservation review district, the neighborhood is not a historic district. The city’s Cultural Resources Office is expected to release its recommendation next week. Demolition will require approval from the city’s Preservation Board, whose decisions can be appealed.