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Loft apartments going into midtown buildings once targeted for razing

June 19, 2010 Midtown, Real Estate, SLU 7 Comments

A few years ago Saint Louis University (SLU) wanted to raze many buildings they had purchased in midtown near their main campus to construct a new arena.  After the objections of many (and a few lawsuits the arena plans were shifted to another campus adjacent location.  SLU did raze one building on Locust for a parking lot (view prior post) but others remained.  The area is emerging with restaurants, lofts, shops and clubs so the decision to put loft apartments into two structures is welcomed news.

These two buildings are being transformed into the West Locust Lofts:

“West Locust Lofts is located in Midtown Saint Louis, one block north of Saint Louis University. With 12,000 theatre seats within four blocks, 12 galleries and museums and over 1500 cultural events with 1.3 million visitors each year, this Saint Louis neighborhood is unique in the country.”

Not so sure about the unique part, many universities are in vibrant urban areas.

– Steve Patterson


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  1. Sadly, it looks like they removed the spiral fire escape on 3327 Locust (center). There goes the uniqueness. I hold out hope that they might reattach it as a sculptural accent or potentially as a distinctive sign for the retail space.

  2. Mark says:

    To me it is a rather nondescript minimally functional building. Why did some see the need to preserve it?

    • Chris says:

      By itself it might be a “nondescript minimally functional building”, but in the context of an intact street wall, it becomes a critical component. One tooth in your mouth might be a “nondescript minimally functional tooth” but when it's gone, there's a gaping hole in your mouth. Thankfully this “tooth” on Locust will stay in its mouth.

  3. Chris says:

    Huh, the leadership of SLU was wrong about something? Aren't they infallible or something?

  4. G-Man says:

    Still wish they'd rebuild the livery stable.

    • The livery is gone but new buildings will hopefully someday replace the surface parking lots. A new building should not replicate the livery stable.

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