Community Development and the Strength of the St. Louis Region
Strong neighborhoods are important because they help regions compete in the global economy.
Just released is a ULI case study on the Lofts of Washington University. Led by ULI Senior Fellow Dean Schwanke, the case study provides readers with an in-depth look into the planning and development of this mixed-use project.
Gown moves into town with the addition of the Lofts of Washington University to the Delmar Loop, straddling the border of University City and St. Louis. A half mile from Washington University’s main Danforth campus, the project is the result of several years of community planning and collaboration between the university, local officials, and neighborhood residents. The university’s strong partnerships and investments in the community have produced a well-received project that has delivered desirable amenities not only to students but also to the Parkview Gardens neighborhood.
The project has delivered housing for 414 new student residents to the vibrant retail corridor, as well as the Loop’s first 24-hour diner and a long-sought full-service grocery store. The property has earned the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum—with comprehensive features that include solar thermal panels, rain gardens, green roofs, and solar photovoltaic cells.