ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The winds of change are blowing in the grove neighborhood and they might be coming from America's third largest city.
'You know this would be something you'd see in Chicago what we're creating here in a really true urban more vertical environment,' says Philip Hulse, Principal Green Street Development Group.
With the Urban Chestnut addition to the Grove under their belt, Green Street Development plans to expand on the other end of Manchester.
An estimated 85-million dollar mixed use project is in the works near the Vandeventer entrance to the Grove.
It will include a boutique sized grocery store, a seven story tall apartment complex with 250 units and a parking structure to accommodate 600 vehicles.
'The excitement of Cortex and the recent announcement of IKEA,' says Hulse. 'You know this is the area where a lot of people are working and want to live and the grove really is one of those unique areas that have a different personality than the West End.'
The nearby BJC complex, the largest employer in the city, is in the midst of a decade long multimillion dollar expansion.
That means the biggest selling point for the city's latest landmark is its location.
'You're right in between 40 and 44,' adds Hulse. 'It's in between Kingshighway and Vandeventer. It's easy to get in and out of and lest congestion than the Central West End. And it's got its own identity. It's not kind of married up with anybody else. So it's got a pretty much clean slate to be something special.'
Construction will begin at the beginning of next summer.