St. Louis, MO: Rosemann & Associates, P.C. is pleased to kick-off a new beginning for mixed-income housing in the City of St. Louis with the grand opening of the first phase of Preservation Square, a multimillion-dollar reconstruction of the 1980’s 675-unit mixed-income community in the Near North Side neighborhood of Carr Square, just north of Downtown. The renovated structures have undergone significant interior demolition to allow upgrades and selective exterior demolition to give a new shape – tying these renovated structures into the overall planned development.
On September 29th our Rosemann team joined city representatives including the Mayor of the City of St. Louis Tishaura Jones and Alderman James Page of the 5th Ward, Housing Authority representatives, as well residents, project partners, and members of the general public to celebrate Preservation Square. Opening remarks were given by Vincent Bennett, CEO and President of McCormack Baron Salazar, a leading developer of economically integrated urban neighborhoods.
Phase I of the Preservation Square development delivers the renovation and new construction of 131 total units in 21 buildings spaced over 5.8 acres, designed to Enterprise Green Community certification standards. Fifty-seven of the units are dedicated as market rate, enabling residents to continue to reside on the property even if they lose eligibility for housing assistance as their economic conditions improve. Supportive services aim to increase the economic stability of residents.
Rosemann made every effort to ensure that the design of this built environment met the individual needs of the families it supports with sustainable, diversified architecture – reflected through garden-style, townhome, and walk-up apartment units with one, two, and three-bedroom choices. Woven into the fabric of the site are green spaces, playgrounds, and other amenities to support the vision of a more connected, healthy, and safer neighborhood.
Phase I amenities further include private porches and in-unit laundry, 24-hour maintenance, surveillance and secure parking. The environmentally conscious design also includes Energy-Star certified appliances for all tenants, as well as walk in closets and high-speed Internet access.
Preservation Square is the product of a nearly $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, along with city and state monies, in partnership with McCormack Baron Salazar and Urban Strategies, Inc., a not-for-profit specializing in results informed human services development, planning, and strategy implementation as part of neighborhood revitalization to lay the groundwork for the revitalization of Preservation Square and the surrounding Near North Side neighborhoods.
“This milestone is the first of many to come at Preservation Square. The transformation is an example of the power of how a well-planned, well-managed, and well-designed housing community can be a catalyst for positive change,” stated St. Louis Vice President and Studio Director Jarret Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, Rosemann & Associates, P.C.
The second phase has already begun and is set to deliver the new construction of 22 multi-family buildings with 222 housing units, along with the renovation of the existing management building into a community center and the construction of the new management office. The third phase will renovate another 140 mixed-income units at a nearby McCormack Baron Salazar historic property, The Brewery Apartments on North 20th Street. While the fourth and fifth phases will follow on-site.
“We are extremely proud to play a role in this exciting initiative and rejuvenation of Preservation Square’s beautiful heritage and community. At the completion of the full vision of Preservation Square, the neighborhood’s identity will draw the unique building designs together, while also acknowledging the contextual fabric of St. Louis City,” said Rosemann Project Manager Brittany Kampschroeder.
The partnerships that made this creative revitalization project possible include developer McCormack Baron Salazar; property manager McCormack Baron Management, Inc.; mechanical, electrical, plumbing engineer Custom Engineering, Inc.; civil engineer Grimes Consulting, Inc.; landscape engineer Landscape Technologies; structural engineer KH Engineering Group; envelope consultant G&W Engineering Corporation; accessibility consultant Zeffert & Associates, Inc.; urban design firm Urban Design Associates; owner’s representative consultant Efficio Group, LLC; owner’s color consultant Colour Studio, Inc.; and owner’s construction firm Altman Charter Company.
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