As I’ve done for the last month, this is another post on potential development sites along the proposed initial route of the St. Louis Streetcar. The sections already reviewed are as follows:
- Olive 15th-16th
- Olive 16th-18th
- 14th & Olive To North Florissant & St. Louis Ave.
- Olive 18th to Jefferson
- Jefferson to Compton
This post will cover the section from Olive & Compton to Lindell & Vandeventer (map). For those unfamiliar with the area, Olive splits off to the north but to motorists Olive becomes Lindell (pronounced Lindle). The entire south side of this stretch of Olive/Lindell is the campus of Saint Louis University (SLU). The north is a mix of SLU, private, and institutional properties.
We’ll start at Compton and head west.
Massive SLU parking garage could be fronted with a shallow “liner building” to create a relationship with the sidewalk.
The buildings & land on the other side of Lindell from SLU’s Compton Garage are ripe for development, I’m just lacking images of them.
The intersection where Olive splits off to the right was redone a few years ago.
gLooking the opposite direction
It shouldn’t take a streetcar to make it safe
Hotel Ignacio is just part of the development activity that has taken place here.
The Field House Pub & Grill at 510 N. Theresa is an example of positive things already underway in Midtown
The streetcar can help the existing momentum and reduce the need for the excessive amount of surface parking.
SLU could reskin this former state office building at 3545 Lindell, adding storefronts and new floors.
The SLU campus east of Grand has a prison feel, fences everywhere. SLU could remove the fencing to connect to the street, like the campus west of Grand.
With a new building on the right, street trees along Grand would make this a pleasant route to take to reach the streetcar
Ideally SLU will build a new building on the SE corner of Lindell @ Grand
As well as the NE corner. I’d love to see a Trader Joe’s on the ground floor, with apartments above.
The corner of Lindell & Grand should get major new buildings. There are already substantial buildings in the area, especially to the north & west. These two corners were land banked by SLU so the streetcar is the perfect time to withdraw them and put them to good use activating the intersection.
I’d love to see the ground floor of Jesuit Hall activated with a cafe or bakery
The Lindell facade of Jesuit Hall also has opportunities for activity.
The Masonic garage on Olive is awful, I can’t see this staying long-term
This section of Lindell has some stunning buildings, this is SLU’s museum
The few gaps can be filled in with massive structures, student housing over retail would be nice at Lindell & Spring
Maybe we can widen the sidewalks along Spring
Eventually the owner of the auto repair shop at 3699 Olive @ Spring will retire and sell.
The Coronado was vacant for years until the Gill’s renovated.
Hopefully someone will find the right formula for the lower level space, several places have failed
A few years ago SLU razed two buildings here to make room for expansion of the law school. With the law school opening downtown this land plus the old law school are available
The various modifications to the 1914 structure at 3765 Lindell has made it rather odd looking.
The Crazy Bows & Wraps location might be developed. This 1961 structure was extensively remodeled in the 90s.
In 1978 it was mentioned in the Midtown Historic District nomination as a “unfortunate intrusion which should not have been allowed”, click image to view district nomination.
This building, originally built for the Brotherhood of Railway & Airline Clerks, contributes to the 1978 midtown historic district. This building should be saved as it contributes to both Lindell & Vandeventer.
An interesting paragraph from the 1978 midtown nomination:
Unfortunately, Midtown is still perceived by many as a dangerous area riddled with street crime and all manner of urban ills, the most prominent of which is the current “black sploitation” fare served at the Fabulous Fox. In spite of this onus, a 1977 walking tour sponsored by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and New Town/St. Louis, Inc. drew hundreds of curious and concerned
St. Louisans to Midtown. The solution for the revitalization of existing structures and the continuing education of the general public will not be easy, but to abandon Midtown is to dismiss one of the strongest concentrations of architecturally significant buildings in St. Louis.
There is more developable area north of Lindell and west of Spring, both vacant buildings and vacant land.
– Steve Patterson