Downtown St. Louis Construction Update: What’s New at Laclede’s Landing?
As the oldest district in St. Louis, Laclede’s Landing is also home to some of the city’s oldest buildings. From warehouses to saloons to markets to factories, Laclede’s Landing has been the home of thousands of businesses over the past 250 years. With the Anders office being in downtown St. Louis, we always like to have a pulse on what is happening in our community.
New Life at Laclede’s Landing
With the Gateway Arch and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial project being completed in the last year, Laclede’s Landing has had new life brought back to it with new developments. The removal of The Arch parking garage has visually reconnected the Landing to the Arch grounds.
Mixed- Use Space at Peper Lofts
The Christian Peper building on 1st Street has been transformed by Advantes Development from Bi-State Development’s former headquarters building to a mixed-use development under the name Peper Lofts LLC. The development includes ground floor retail, second floor office space created for Abstrakt Marketing and 49 apartments on the upper floors. Perceived largely as an entertainment district, Laclede’s Landing has long lacked a residential component, and this development is helping to bring the work, play, AND live to Laclede’s Landing. Advantes Development has two more structures on 2nd Street, the former Hoffman Building and the Greeley Building, that they are looking to redevelop for mixed-use, residential-retail.
Event and Restaurant Space in the Cutlery Building
The Cutlery building on 2nd Street has also been rehabilitated. SO Hospitality Group redeveloped the 50,000-square-foot building with three event spaces, a fast-casual restaurant called Kimchi Guys, a coffee shop called Miss Java and about 16,000 square feet of office space. VUE is the name of the event space on the fifth floor, and certainly lives up to its name with view of the riverfront and Arch grounds.
Witte Hardware Building Revamp
Drury Development invested more than $2 million in the 64,000-square-foot historic Witte Hardware Building, which includes five floors of loft-style exposed structure office space and 6,500 square feet of vacant ground floor restaurant or retail space. The improvements focus on meeting needs of the office tenants and attracting new creative and technology-driven tenants.
Paving the Way
More recently, the Lucas Avenue Project has wrapped up. This project created vehicular access to the Landing’s south end and features pedestrian friendly sidewalks with trees and lighting. John Clark, president of the Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District, said the $350,000 infrastructural project creates a new main artery access point to the Landing connecting Lucas Avenue from Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard to Lumiere Boulevard on 3rd Street. Clark said the newly rebuilt section literally paves the way for the growing amount of residential development there.
The Anders Construction Group stays up to date on the latest projects in our own backyard. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming St. Louis construction projects.