Plans revised for once-maligned Clayton condo tower

"It was the least inspirational building I've seen," commissioner Steve Lichtenfeld said.

Michael Calhoun
December 02, 2019 - 9:26 am

CLAYTON (KMOX) -- Last time they saw plans for a new condo tower at 9 Bemiston Ave., Clayton officials were less than complimentary. Will they change their tune tonight?

The original proposal, from the company that used to own Adam's Mark hotels, was highly criticized in May by planning commissioners.

"It was the least inspirational building I've seen," commission chairman Steve Lichtenfeld said then.

Now, developer HBE Corporation will try again at Bemiston and Central Avenues.

Their latest filing with the city reveals some design changes, like taking the brick high-rise down to 14 stories instead of 21. There's more retail on Central, after complaints the plan would tear down stores and restaurants and not replace the street activity.

There's still no plan to preserve the historic Shanley building.

Architect Steve Smith declared in May: "This site will get developed. It's going to be something."

This project is currently up for conceptual review, which means commissioners can give feedback at Monday's meeting but will not take a vote yet.

"After this review, the project would be formally submitted for a Planned Unit Development application which would have staff review first and then have public processes with the Plan Commission/Architectural Review Board, and then would move on to public processes with the Board of Aldermen," Clayton's Director of Finance and Administration Janet Watson said in an email.

It kicks off with tonight's planning commission meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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