$50 million Central West End apartment proposal would add density

A block from Whole Foods and Shake Shack.

Michael Calhoun
July 19, 2019 - 2:13 am

4545 Laclede

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- The Koman Group has another development proposed for the city's central corridor.

It's a $50 million, seven -story, 200-unit apartment complex at 4545 Laclede Ave., a block away from the likes of Whole Foods and Shake Shack.

"Our efforts have been for some years now to try and make the Central West End the most car optional or least car dependent neighborhood in the region. By increasing the density to 200 units, this is another important step."

Alderman Joe Roddy says the more people on the sidewalks, the better for getting stores to open.

"The more that they can walk to the retailers, as opposed to driving, makes everything work better. The retailers need less parking and soforth," he said.

The new apartments would include parking that's partially underground. It would replace a surface parking lot and Park East Apartments, which Roddy described as "70's style" with 54 units.

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"I think it's a testament to the new urbanism and the interest that people are having in moving back to the city and rediscovering what it's like to be able to walk to restaurants and walk to work and live much of their life without having to be in the car every day," Roddy said.

Koman previously developed the Chroma residential building on Manchester in the Grove and is working on an office building in Cortex.

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