The North Sarah Redevelopment Project‘s second phase has really started to take shape.
Three 2-3 story mixed use buildings facing Vandeventer Avenue just across the street from Grand Center’s western edge are the most visible signs of progress. Although I am unaware of the plans here, similar buildings from phase I have live/work spaces facing Sarah.
From a 10/26/2012 Post-Dispatch article:
The front room doubles as a living room and waiting room, and a big sliding door covers half the interior wall. Roll it one way and an office appears off the waiting room, ready for business. Roll it the other, and the office disappears and a kitchen appears off the living room. A bedroom and laundry room are in back.
Driving/walking down Sarah you can see that most of these spaces are now occupied by small businesses (these shots taken on a Sunday evening):
Many of the storefronts have more subdued signage that is hard to see while driving past, but the fact that almost all are advertising small businesses is very encouraging. Across the street construction is underway on another portion of Phase II. Hopefully commercial space of some sort is included in this new building as well.
Now that the live/work spaces have occupants, maybe we’ll hear news about the planned grocery store soon.
This is an exciting development, and I truly hope that it encourages infill development between Sarah and Vandeventer that allows at least some of the surviving historic homes to stay.
For more photos of this development, see my flickr set: North Sarah Redevelopment