Lawrence Group Offers City Foundry Sneak Peek

city-foundry-intThe Lawrence Group and FoPa Partners showed off plans for the City Foundry Saint Louis project gave tours of the nearly 90-year old foundry building in St. Louis’ burgeoning Midtown neighborhood to a couple of hundred people at a “sneak preview” Thursday evening.

The master plan for the 17-acre project calls for a four-phase redevelopment, beginning with the historic foundry building.

Phase 1 would focus on creating 150,000-square-feet of retail and restaurant space and 78,000-square-feet of office space out of the old foundry building, including a central food hall. In addition, Byco Building on the northeast corner of the site would be redeveloped to house a 30,000-square-foot grocery store on the street level and possibly 30,000-square-feet of offices on the lower level; and 43,000-square-feet of new retail space will be constructed. The develop hopes to have the first white box space ready for tenant build-out in 2018.

Phase 1 also would include infrastructure work to support the later phases and conversion of an elevated railway spur into a walking and biking trail into the heart of the development. The site on the north side of the foundry building will be lowered by about eight feet so that people will enter the foundry at floor level instead of one level above the floor.

Phase 2 is intended to be a 380,000-square-foot, 24-story apartment tower on the northwest corner of the site.

city-foundry-extPhases 3 and 4 would be new office towers, totaling 280,000-square-feet, with associated parking and street-level retail.

Development Strategies assisted with the planning. Grimes Consulting is providing civil engineering. S.M. Wilson & Company is providing pre-construction services.

SCI Engineering is the environmental consultant. Midwest Services Group is abating the hazardous materials, which include asbestos, lead, and other heavy metals.

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