ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It’s a project many have been anxiously awaiting in the Central West End. On Tuesday morning, a groundbreaking was held for a new mixed-use development that will include the first Whole Foods in the city of St. Louis.
The development, called City Walk, is being built at the intersection of Euclid and West Pine. In addition to the Whole Foods, it will include six floors of one, two and three bedroom apartments: 177 units in total.
Mills Properties Senior Development Manager Ron Silverman says, “We’ll have a rooftop swimming pool, quite a few amenities, a great fitness center, all the things you’d expect in a first class city in this building.”
Plans also call for an indoor garage for both residents and Whole Foods shoppers.
Not only is this urban Whole Foods convenient, but Silverman says the high-end grocery store’s presence could boost the image of the neighborhood, especially to those looking to relocate: “Having a Whole Foods is basically the capstone for every neighborhood because they’re in such high demand, they’re one of the great food retailers in the world today.”
However, the plot of land will remain a construction site for quite some time. It’s not scheduled to be finished until late 2015. “It’ll be exciting, coming to work every day and seeing the building go up and up and up,” says Paulette Stewart, who works at the Tip Top Cleaners right across the street.
Liz Kelley, who lives across the street, is excited for the Whole Foods but worries about the construction noise in the meantime. She explains, “You either move or put up with it. I’d rather put up with it myself.”
And with all the added traffic and residents, Stewart hopes they’ll get plenty of new customers: “I hope it brings a lot of business to the Central West End, and especially here, to Tip Top Cleaners, I really hope the business picks up for us.”
With that kind of boost to local businesses, Mayor Francis Slay is confident the $70 million project, which the city helped finance, will bring more than just tasty organic food to the neighborhood.