Construction Has Begun on Centene’s Expansion!

More Construction in Clayton!

Pre-construction work has begun in downtown Clayton on the southeast corner of Hanley and Forsyth. Centene, a Fortune 500 healthcare company, is expected to be breaking ground on a second tower and garage to add to their existing footprint in the area.


According to sources, the second phase of construction will feature a boutique hotel and a skywalk over Hanley connecting the existing tower with the new one. Centene would occupy 14 floors in the new building while the remaining floors would be used for general office space, mixed use retail, and the hotel.


Inspiration and photos from this article from nextSTL! Check out their article to get more info!

More Development in Clayton!

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New Development to 8125 Forsyth

Do you guys remember our post from last week about the beautiful new development project that has been proposed in Clayton? Well, it seems that the new development that is in the works for 8125 Forsyth is just the first stage in a new hotel, retail, residential, and entertainment project proposed for downtown Clayton. The final project, which would develop over the next few years, could come to include 230 room hotel, 62 residential units, more than 200,000 square feet of office space, restaurants, luxury, shopping, and even an ice area/amphitheater in Shaw Park!

Apogee Associates, who submitted the project to Clayton officials, stated in the proposal that this project “goes so much further to cement Clayton’s place as a destination, not just for office but a Live-Work-Play destination for generations to come.” Apogee is hoping to create a sort of “Rodeo Drive” effect with the high end shopping boutiques and luxury apartments above.

Unfortunately, at this point Apogee Associates has yet to release more detailed images of the development and what is planned. Once we know more we will be sure to share it.

See our post about Stage 1 of the project

This post was inspired by this article.

$68M, 14-Story, Office Building Proposed for Clayton!


It’s about time for some new office space in Clayton!

According to NextSTL, “Apogee Associates LLC is proposing a $68M, 14-Story, 233K sf Class A office building at 8125 Forsyth in downtown Clayton.”  At this point, there is still a lot of speculation on what will actually end up happening. But I am excited to see what come of it. The location that it is slated to be constructed at is currently the location of a vacant, two-story office building. The tenants left a few years back because of previous speculation for development. At this point it is not known what businesses plan to use the office space, as it has not been made public knowledge. However, we do know that this building will be strictly office space at this point as the plans do not show any retail space. Unlike the new building going up at the corner of Maryland and Gay avenue where a multi-story mixed condo/retail space is being constructed (click here to see my previous post on this).

8125 Forsyth to be the spot of the replacement 14 story building


For more information and a detailed account of this story, please visit NextSTL here!

New $55 Million Development!

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The corner of Maryland and Gay, which once was a part of the Brown Shoe Complex, will soon be the home to a new $55 million dollar project from Covington Development. The city has approved the project to build a five-story mixed use building which will become known as The Vanguard. The Vanguard will include some 225 luxury condo units as well as many high-end boutique retail shops. These types of “mixed use” buildings which includes both residential and commercial space are becoming much more popular in the Chicago and NYC markets, and now right here in St. Louis. The project is beginning this summer and should be completed by 2017! Take a look at the progress of the demolition below. Check back in the future for a post on its progress!

Clayton has torn down a lot of its wonderful midcentury buildings. The one that was torn down here was just a bad 80’s-90’s office building, so I don’t see it as much of a loss. Clayton has not had a new condo development in many years, it will be exciting to have new, fresh condo inventory to sell!


Covington Development also recently completed the new ‘West Pine Lofts‘ in the central west end near SLU.




Caleres… What happened to Brown Shoe Company?

If you have driven down Maryland Avenue in Clayton recently you may have noticed some construction happening and the disappearance of the “Brown Shoe” name. After also doing a google search I found the video above. The CEO, Diane Sullivan explains the change in brand name to Caleres. Keeping their 136 years of success in mind, all the while adapting to the new marketplace.

When I stopped by I also noticed a fantastic new sculpture by architecht Saunders Schultz.




Click here to read more about the rebranding!