Construction Underway on $125 Million City Foundry STL Phase 2


Vande East development to feature 270 residential units and 13,000 sq. ft. of retail space

Construction is underway on the long-awaited City Foundry Development Phase 2 – Vande East in St. Louis’ growing Midtown neighborhood at the corner of Forest Park and S. Vandeventer avenues. Vande East will include a 14-story, 270-unit residential tower; 13,000 sq. ft. of prime retail space on the main level; and a 481-space parking garage.

Designed by lead architect and interior design firm Lawrence Group with affiliate developer New + Found, Vande East at City Foundry is a $125 million mixed-use development that extends City Foundry STL Phase 1 – a vibrant entertainment, retail and dining destination, also designed by Lawrence Group/New + Found, that opened in August 2021. City Foundry is the redevelopment of a century old, 15-acre former foundry once used by Century Electric Company to manufacture motors and generators.

“Vande East is a significant addition to an already dynamic and growing part of town, nestled between St. Louis’ most sought-after neighborhoods and the region’s finest academic institutions. Vande East is the center of city life in St. Louis,” said Lawrence Group and New + Found CEO Steve Smith. “We have always imagined that City Foundry would include places to live, which would complement all of the commercial activity and jobs that presently exist in Phase 1.”

Vande East’s residential units will feature floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive views of the surrounding cityscape, and interiors that merge modern aesthetics with industrial styling like the overall City Foundry development.

“In the dwelling units, attention to detail and high-end finishes create a feeling of abundant space and a sense of quality and timelessness. The modern, clean interior design incorporates warm, natural materials, glimpses of exposed concrete, and textures and patterns that make the space feel warm and inviting,” said Lawrence Group Senior Associate/Interior Designer Dana Peck.

Vande East will also include amazing amenities such as direct access to the Brickline Greenway, a bike and pedestrian path that connects St. Louis’ urban neighborhood and business districts; an outdoor pool and garden deck; gym; fire pits; lounges; bike storage and dog run.

“Vande East was designed with a focus on maximizing amenity spaces and outdoor gathering areas that encourage social opportunities and shared experiences,” said Lawrence Group Associate Principal/Architect Jim Shearer, AIA.

General contractor ARCO Construction expects to complete construction of Phase 2 in spring 2024.      

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