Work to create a new access point to Laclede’s Landing is now underway.
The newly extended Lucas Avenue is expected to be open by Memorial Day. The project will connect Lucas Avenue all the way from Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. to Lumiere Blvd., (Third Street), bisecting what up until recently was a large surface parking lot. Upon completion, the newly constructed stretch of Lucas Ave. will provide a direct connection to what some supporters say could be a newly created residential row along Lucas Avenue, allowing for more density in the area and attracting ancillary development in and around The Landing.
Advantes Development is developing the Peper Lofts in the former Bi-State Development Headquarters at 701 N. First St., and principal Brian Minges notes the Lucas Avenue project is a factor in his decision to pursue two additional buildings on Laclede’s Landing for redevelopment.
He has both the Hoffman Building (700 N. Second St.) and Greeley Building (618-624 N. Second St.) under contract for a redevelopment project that would bring additional residential units and a mix of first floor retail and office space to The Landing. A couple of concepts are being considered, and Minges hopes to be able to announce more details in the coming months.
“Brian is seeing great success with the Peper Lofts, which is The Landing’s first-ever multifamily development and is quickly filling up,” said John Clark, president of the Laclede’s Landing Community Improvement District. “With the completion of all the work on the Gateway Arch grounds and museum, and another $20 million in recent investments on The Landing and more in the works, we anticipate increasing demand for additional residential options from those who want to live in this premiere riverfront location.”
The Lucas Avenue project is a relatively small investment with its $350,000 budget, but it could have high impact that will provide not only vehicular access to the south end of Laclede’s Landing, but also pedestrian sidewalks with new trees and lighting.
In addition to serving existing businesses and the new developments Advantes is proposing, Lucas Avenue also will run parallel to the Katherine Ward Burg Garden that Great Rivers Greenway is developing at the southeast intersection of Lucas Avenue and First Street. Great Rivers Greenway hopes to begin construction this summer on the project, which is the first step in its long-term plan to redevelop the St. Louis Riverfront north of the Eads Bridge and Gateway Arch. Located along the Mississippi Greenway, this half-acre site — featuring stepped terraces, curving seat walls and an iconic trellis — will provide a place to enjoy views of the Mississippi River, passing trains and the Eads Bridge as part of a uniquely St. Louis experience.
SBC Contracting Inc., the general contractor for the city of St. Louis, is the lead contractor on the Lucas Ave. project.
Laclede’s Landing is downtown St. Louis’ oldest district and only riverfront entertainment/dining destination. The nine-block area features unique restaurants, bars, and nightclubs as well as a variety of retail shops, attractions, and businesses.