East St. Louis, IL: The official groundbreaking was commemorated today at The New Broadview, an affordable senior and veterans apartment community at 415 E. Broadway in Downtown East St. Louis. Local community leaders, public officials, and neighbors, as well as members of Team Rosemann and the ownership and development teams attended the celebration.
The former historic 7-story Broadview Hotel was completed nearly 100 years ago in 1927 and stood tall as the city’s largest and finest first hotel operating in East St. Louis. It doubled as a regional and statewide convention and meeting venue. The hotel operated in East St. Louis until the mid-1980s when Southern Illinois University took over the property and offered community and educational based programs. In 2006, the building was turned over to the City of East St. Louis, where it remained vacant until now. In December 2013, the building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places, allowing an opportunity for the developers to utilize Historic Tax Credits.
In 2020, transformation efforts were in full swing with the new owner, Broadview Development, LLC, and co-developers, Community Life Line, Efficacy Consulting & Development and Tier I Development Group, all sharing a vision for senior and veterans living and a place for small business and public spaces that would be unique to the local East St. Louis community. The project was supported by tax credits from the Illinois Housing Development Authority (HDA).
Rosemann’s design includes improvements to the historic building’s fabric in its public spaces for lobbies and activity areas and transforms 127,606 total gross square feet and 7 total stories into 110 apartment units in a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom garden units and town homes, including accessible, adaptable, and visual and hearing-impaired units. The project also accommodates a home to a Transit Oriented District Senior Services Center providing community-based supports and services. It provides a connection to resources for older adults including health and wellness programs, nutritional support, educational programs, and computer and information technology. The property sits approximately a block away from the Metrolink transportation center and ties downtown East St. Louis to other employment centers on both sides of the river.
“We are pleased to play a vital role in expanding the supply of quality, affordable senior and veterans housing to serve even more of our neighbors in this great city. The New Broadview is a unique example of how adaptive re‐use and historic renovation combine to create attractive apartments, all while preventing the loss of a significant historic landmark,” said Rosemann’s Senior Project Manager Nancy Rodney.
Congratulations to the entire project team for their collaborative effort to create affordable housing in the East St. Louis area including owner, Broadview Development, LLC; co-developers Community Life Line, Efficacy Consulting & Development and Tier I Development Group; general contractor, Altman Charter Company; and engineering consultant, Horner & Shifrin, Inc.