The Melbourne- Rehab of Jesuit Hall And New Tower On Grand

Neighborhood Properties, who are planning to rehab Jesuit Hall at Grand and Lindell, released renderings of phase two- a 14 story building adjacent and attached to Jesuit Hall to the north along Grand in the Grand Center neighborhood. The architect is Gray Design Group. The original architect of Jesuit Hall was Preston J. Bradshaw.

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New building in yellow

Hotel Melbourne built in 1921 was the original name of Jesuit Hall, and The Melbourne will be the name of the two building complex. The ex-Jesuit Hall will have 169 apartments- 39 studios of about 460 square feet, 78 one bedrooms 640 sf, and 52 one bedrooms 760 sf, plus 6,200 sf of street-level retail. The new building will have 195 apartments- 78 studios 460 sf, 52 one bedrooms 710 sf, and 65 two bedrooms 1060 sf, as well as 8,460 sf of street-level retail. The total project cost including acquisition is $80M.

Grand Elevation

A complete street wall will be wonderful. Let’s get a building across the street!

Second Floor
Rooftop floorplan with amenities

Conspicuously missing is thneeded parking. The Grand Center and SLU area is riddled with parking garages and surface parking lots. A parking garage on Washington for the Fox Theatre even received a property tax abatement. Holy SLPS schoolkids chipping in for parking because drivers aren’t willing to pay for it! An obvious choice for this development would be to rent some spaces in the Scottish-Rite garage to the west on Olive. A garage fronting Lindell to the west of Jesuit Hall would be most unfortunate.

The developer has sought a 95% property tax abatement for 10 years. LCRA staff estimate the abatement’s present value to be $5.9M. The development would be a win for land productivity, especially after the abatement ends.

Tax performance per square footStabilizationYear 5Year 10
The Melbourne$2.65$2.96$7.06
Neighborhood Average1.121.31.5
Sustainable Revenue Target1.681.952.26

There have been a lot of rehabs among the blocks immediately adjacent to Grand in Grand Center, but this would be the first new construction, other than the parking garages of course.