As mentioned here last week, the Post-Dispatch ran an article on the Bottle Art Lofts, a planned 70-unit development geared to artists. This project follows a growing trend in downtown St. Louis that includes the following:
Tim Boyle’s ArtLofts at 1527 Washington was one of the first loft developments downtown. It opened in 1996 and currently has a waiting list for its 63 apartments.
The University Lofts at 1627 Washington features 26 units of loft-style, live/work space for artists and a first floor gallery operated by the Washington University School of Art.
The Syndicate Lofts development at 915 Olive includes 28 affordable rental units geared to artists, along with a large artist workshop and four galleries. It was developed by LoftWorks and Sherman Associates.
Dominium Properties is working to secure funding for The Leather Trades Lofts at 1604 Locust, which will include nearly 90 apartments and studio space for artists, dancers and musicians.
Other buildings, such as the King Bee at 1709 Washington, have been marketed as raw loft space geared to artists and other creative types. Chivvis Development’s plans for Chouteau’s Landing include live/work space for artists as well. Whether or not those plans come to fruition remains to be seen.
There is hope though. According to Dominium's Jeff Huggett in the Post-Dispatch article on the Bottle Art Lofts: “It seems to us the St. Louis arts community is very vibrant. It would easily support a number of projects.”
I certainly hope this is the case, as the Chouteau’s Landing and North Broadway (adjacent to the Bottle District) are prime locations for additional artist-driven development.