Long Vacant Multi-Family Building on Delmar Renovated into Apartments for Formerly Homeless Veterans (4011 Delmar)

A circa 1928 apartment building located at 4011 Delmar in the city’s Vandeventer neighborhood has been rehabbed at a cost of approximately $6 million into 68 affordable apartments for formerly homeless veterans. The developer is the Vecino Group of Springfield, Mo. The development’s name is Freedom Place.

According to city records, the building has been vacant since at least 2002. A plan to convert the building into condominiums in the mid-2000s fizzled out, and the building sat empty and continued to decay. The five-story building is uniquely large for its host block of mostly single family homes and (now) vacant lots. It was constructed one year after a devastating tornado tore through St. Louis’s densely populated Central Corridor. Many builders at the time anticipated that demand for then-cleared lots would be significantly increased and so the builder of 4011 Delmar built much more densely than before.

Below is a recent photograph of the now-restored building:

And here is a shot (from a different angle) of the building in its previously vacant state:

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Long Vacant Delmar Apartment Building May See Rehab Soon (4011 Delmar)

The large (and long vacant) apartment building at 4011 Delmar in the Vandeventer neighborhood just west of Midtown may soon see a rehab into 68 residential units, thanks to Low Income Housing Tax Credit approval by the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC). A permit application was filed with the City’s Building Division earlier this month, sent for approval by Zoning prior to issuance. Click here to read a St. Louis Business Journal article that mentions the 4011 Delmar project, called Freedom Place. The developer is the Vecino Group, LLC.

Below is a Geo St. Louis photograph of the building:

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North Sarah Phase II Underway; Transforming Vandeventer Avenue

The $30 million second phase of the North Sarah development (Phase I is profiled on this blog here) is well underway. Three new mixed use structures have popped up on the west side of North Vandeventer.

Below is a photograph taken earlier this week looking north on Vandeventer at West Belle Place.

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Here is a Google Streetview shot showing this same view from July 2011, for comparison purposes:

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All told, North Sarah Phase II will contain 103 mixed-income rental housing units geared towards families and 6,400 square feet of retail/commercial space. This is in addition to Phase I’s 120 units and 12,000 square feet of commercial space. More information on North Sarah Phase II is available from this press release of the joint developers—the St. Louis Housing Authority and McCormack Baron Salazar.

A new commercial building is also under construction on North Sarah itself as a part of Phase II. This will be the first part of the development where two new mixed use structures face one another, fully re-urbanizing what was once “urban prairie”.

This new building, located on the west side of Sarah just south of Finney, is shown below:

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Click here for a map showing the intersection of Vandeventer and West Belle.

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Architect: Unknown

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Travel this stretch of Vandeventer exclusively on the weekends, as I primarily do, and you won’t catch much life — just quiet warehouses and industrial complexes. But keep a keen eye on the sea of red brick passing you by and you might spot the odd creature protruding above. 

As documented in Bill Streeter’s excellent doc Brick: By Chance and Fortune, St. Louis residences of a certain vintage reflect the eccentric accents made possible by the abundance of construction clay in the area; because the basic framing materials were so readily available, architects and developers were able to get creative in the corners of their work — or, as in this case along Vandeventer, just above the front door. 

North Sarah Development Brings 120 Units, New Mixed Use Buildings to Vandeventer Neighborhood

The North Sarah Development in the Vandeventer neighborhood is nearing completion. What is it?

Developers McCormack Baron Salazar have a convenient summary on their website:

Unit Count: 120

Street: N. Sarah Street and Finney Ave.

City: St. Louis

State: MO

ZIP Code: 63113

Description: 

North Sarah, a multi-family, mixed-use development, consists of 120 mixed-income rental units in garden apartments, townhouses, three mixed-use buildings (approx. 7,000 SF of commercial/retail space) and a fourth mixed-use building that includes management/community space (approx. 4,900 SF).  This development represents a critical component of the North Central Redevelopment Plan that was developed over several years and completed in 2000 by the City of St. Louis, community stakeholders and residents. 

Located in the North Central area of North St. Louis City, North Sarah is anchored by key St. Louis neighborhood assets on its edges, including Grand Center to the east, the Central West End to the west, and nearby Saint Louis University to the south and east.  In the community’s core, a number of new civic, educational, commercial and residential developments have created nodes of reinvestment.  However, despite this progress and potential, a number of blocks in the North Central district, including those targeted for the North Sarah development, remain heavily disinvested, preventing the neighborhood fabric from being “knit” back together as desired under the North Central Plan.   The North Sarah development is a key connector in bridging current gaps in revitalization and catalyzing further reinvestment in the area.

The architecture of North Sarah celebrates the historic character of the community while featuring modern amenities and sustainable (“green” technology) to improve both the marketability and energy efficiency of the units. Specifically, the development is designed in accordance with Enterprise Green Communities criteria. 

North Sarah also benefits from a creatively structured and capitalized Human Capital Planning and Implementation Program lead by Urban Strategies in collaboration with key community stake holders. The development will staff a community liaison that will assist with the coordination of supportive services and implementation of resident activities.

Below are some photographs of the development courtesy of the Flickr account pasa47, which is the account of the the blogger at Exploring St. Louis.

This photograph below shows one of the mixed use buildings that now line North Sarah. These buildings contain live-work retail spaces. In addition, the street has been narrowed with curb bulb-outs to reduce traffic speed on the street. New trees have been planted as well. Finally, new pedestrian-scaled street lights have been added throughout the development.

It must be emphasized that the vast majority of the entire four-block span of the North Sarah development was a vacant lot prior to development.

Residential buildings, shown below, line the streets of West Belle, CD Banks, and Finney. There are two main housing types that have been constructed: one is a gabled version (see first picture below) with colorful awnings and porches that gives off a more “traditional” vibe; the other is a walk-up row house-style unit that is more contemporary.

For more photographs of the development, check out pasa47’s Flickr page.

North Sarah will be breaking ground on a second—and larger—phase of construction in the near future. When all is said and done, the development will stretch from Vandeventer on the east to Whittier on the west, bringing hundreds of new units and thousands of square feet of retail space to an area that is presently mostly vacant lots.

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