Development Activity Around Shaw Shows South City Progress

It is an exciting time to live in Shaw.  Last Thursday, City Garden and UIC construction hosted a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the new City Garden School and new cafe/restaurant (corner of Mcree/Tower Grove Ave).  This stretch of Tower Grove will be transformed to active and alive major arterial road.  The new City Garden School will be the newest addition to excellent educational opportunities for residents in the area.  The school was started in Shaw and has grown through community participation and a stellar reputation. 

In addition, construction has started on the new Chouteau Park in Forest Park Southeast at the corner of Tower Grove and Chouteau.  Please see the link to Park Central Development’s website for more detail. park will hold a sports field, amphitheatre and playground.  It will be a great addition to the area.  In addition, the new intersection and off ramp connecting hwy 40 to Tower Grove Avenue (plans and financing are complete to my knowledge but no start date has been set).  Here’s an article from the Biz Journal


Last, news came last week, SLU has purchased the Pevely Building at Chouteau and Grand.  They have applied for demo permits but plan to keep the smoke stack and building facade (facing grand).  They intend to build a new state of the art doctor’s building.  They also own the lot across the street on the Northwest corner of Grand and Chouteau.  The importance of this intersection with the new constructed research building and the new Grand Ave Bridge can’t be understated.  We look forward to the coming years and seeing firsthand how all the people, companies, organizations and politicians continue to improve and shape our area.


About Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation

Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible development, affordable housing and diverse character and vibrancy in the Shaw neighborhood located in St. Louis, MO. Through its local development and community progress expertise, the organization serves as a resource to developers, real estate agents, neighborhood residents and business owners.
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One Response to Development Activity Around Shaw Shows South City Progress

  1. Adam W. says:

    “SLU has … applied for demo permits but plan to keep the smoke stack and building facade (facing grand).”

    Um, no. According to SLU spokesperson Clayton Berry on STL Today:

    “That being said, the university is–as part of its planning process–looking at which site features could possibly be preserved, including the tall smokestack and the facade of the building at Grand and Chouteau.”

    In other words, they are only THINKING about keeping the smoke stack and facade, and only after a bunch of people raised hell. Then they conveniently had STL Today pull the original story, which reported only demo, and replace it mid-day with the story that says they are “looking at” the possibility. Considering the amount of long-standing (after demo, of course) vacant land SLU owns in Midtown, and the fact that this building and much of the remaining complex are city landmarks and in excellent condition for redevelopment, this is yet another slap in the face from Lawrence Biondi – another display of his power over Midtown and his contempt for anyone who dares care about the city’s historic architecture and character. Since the SNHC seems to be Catholic-affiliated (based on the “formerly St. Margaret Housing Corporation), I assume you pretty much go along with whatever Lawrence Biondi wants.

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