Covenant Place Readies for Next Phase of Construction

By on April 28, 2017

From St. Louis Jewish Light:  Progress is continuing at Covenant Place with demolition for Phase II of its ongoing building program set to get underway this spring.

“What’s great about doing a second phase is that you have the opportunity to see people living in the first building and to see if things are working as they should, if they are serving people’s needs as they should and to do any little tweaks in the second,” said Joan Denison, executive director of the senior housing complex.

The first phase included construction of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, erected partially in the footprint of a bowling alley formerly owned by the Jewish Community Center. The Weinberg Building has been up and running since early last summer. Residents of the now-empty Covenant I building moved into the new building. Now, Covenant I will meet the wrecking ball with exterior demolition currently slated to begin in May.

Denison said Covenant I has five different sections, which must be taken down one-by-one.

“Obviously, it is not just a one-day thing to take down that size of a brick building,” she said.

After that, site preparation will begin including new sewer and gas lines as well as electrical work and grading of the topography. Denison believes vertical construction on the second building can begin this summer, with a probable completion date in early 2019.

The four-story edifice, which will be named in honor of the family of Paul and Elissa Cahn, will have 102 single-bedroom units spread across the upper floors. However, the ground level will include a unique “one-stop-shop” feature for residents and seniors of the surrounding community. Named in honor of Helene Mirowitz, the Mirowitz Center will provide spaces for various amenities and activities including a casual dining venue.

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