Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Revitalization Continues in Downtown West

Lots of work underway on Washington in Downtown West these days. 

The recently renovated Tudor Building at 1901 Washington looks fantastic, and is now home to City Pet Supply and a salon with Wicked Fresh Subs, Smoking Joe’s BBQ and possibly a bar/restaurant coming soon.

Across the street, the old gas station at 20th and Washington has been torn down, freeing up the site for parking or new development (hopefully new development). 

On the same block, the building that once housed the popular Nepalese restaurant Everest (which moved to The Grove) has been renovated and is listed for sale.  The building next door appears to be under renovation, albeit at a slow rate of progress.

Just a block to the east, the Post-Dispatch is reporting that Bob Wood, developer of the Tudor Building, is converting the historic warehouse at 1818 Washington into workforce housing with first floor retail.  Work on the $13 million project began in January and the project is expected to be completed late this year.  The Tudor Building cost $16 million to complete, so this project represents another substantial investment on behalf of Mr. Wood.

Downtown West has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years but still has a bit of a disjointed, patchwork feel to it.  These new developments should go a long way toward making the area more cohesive until infill projects eventually fill in the gaps.



Alan said...

I saw the construction crew this morning at 1818 Washington. I'm glad to hear they're rehabbing it instead of demolishing it.

Anonymous said...

I think you are mistaken about your comment concerning Everest Cafe's former location. It was located in the building next door that you mentioned.

Brian said...

Oops, you're right. Everest was in the last retail bay (the westernmost bay) in the building next door, wasn't it?