Washington University in the US has secured approval from the city of St. Louis and University City for its $80m student apartment and retail project in the Delmar Loop.
The project includes construction of three residential apartment buildings on Enright Avenue and two mixed-use buildings featuring ground-floor retail and upper-level apartments on Delmar Boulevard within a 4.4-acres development site.
Planned to be constructed on existing university-owned property, the mixed-use development will be located between Delmar and Enright to the north and flanked by Westgate and Eastgate avenues.
Construction of the buildings in the first phase of the project is anticipated to start this spring.
The development will feature apartments for about 600 undergraduate students and 22,000ft² of new retail space to be located along Delmar Boulevard just west of Eastgate Avenue.
University City Mayor Shelley Welsch said, "These new buildings will bring enhanced economic vitality to the area, and the addition of 22,000 square feet of commercial space."
Plans also include a pedestrian walkway to link the development to the Parkview Gardens neighborhood on the south end and to the Loop dining and entertainment district on the north.
Washington University director of community relations and local government affairs Cheryl Adelstein said the walkway will also feature a public art installation.
William Rawn Associates along with Tao + Lee Associates is serving as the architect for the project while Paric is the general contractor.
Sustainable features of the project include bicycle storage, solar panels, rain gardens and 125 new trees to replace 58 trees that will be removed.
Washington University expects to obtain a LEED gold certification from the US Green Building Council for the project.
Image: The project will feature five new buildings and 22,000ft² of new retail space. Photo: William Rawn Associates.