$160M Lafayette Square Development to Break Ground

By on April 22, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  The first portion of a $160 million redevelopment of the northwest corner of the Lafayette Square neighborhood should break ground by June.

The development, spearheaded by former HOK principal Bill Odell through Chouteau Avenue Partners, has been in the works for two years and would redevelop the long-empty site of the Praxair industrial gas plant that exploded in 2005.

Partnering with Odell is his wife, attorney Lisette Odell; Tom Graddy, owner of the former Vanguard Trucking facility on the site; and Paul and Wendy Hamilton, whose Hamilton Hospitality operates such popular restaurants as Vin de Set and Eleven Eleven Mississippi.

“Not only will this new development provide a location for us to expand our employee-owned hospitality group, it will also generate more revenue for all the surrounding businesses adjacent to the site while also encouraging new startups or existing business to locate in St. Louis,” Paul Hamilton said in a statement.

The development group is partnering with several other developers to fill in a 12-acre footprint with about 500 apartments, 200,000 square feet of office, restaurant and commercial spaces, parking garages and a public park.

One of the first projects will be a five-story, 40-unit apartment building planned by A.J. and Leonard Adewunmi of D&R Building Group. That project, at the southwest corner of Missouri Avenue and LaSalle Street, was approved by the St. Louis Preservation Board on Monday.

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