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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

4101 Manchester Avenue

Word from Forest Park Southeast business folks is that Alderman Joseph Roddy and other businesses is pushing for a parking lot on the LRA-owned lot at 4101 Manchester, just west of Manchester's intersection with Vandeventer. This is a prominent location that is one of the first things visitors see when coming from the east into the business district along Manchester. Nothing could be uglier and less exciting than a surface parking lot at the entrance to a growing business strip. The clubs, bars and restaurants here rely on the density slowly growing as new businesses open in proximity to each other. Why not put a new business at this hot location?

Manchester is not exactly a safe street, yet it attracts hundreds of people every weekend night. These people are coming to the nightlife without surface parking. If the lot gets developed for a building, the crowd at Atomic Cowboy or Novak's is not going to fall off -- the crowd will only grow. Surface parking in a major location would only reinforce people's reservations about the business district; people are encouraged by vitality, architectural density and storefront activity. This site is perfect for a new building.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

And Commerce Bank's massive lot is already used for Manchester Strip parking. Unless the Bank is changing policies or enforcing old ones, no new lot is needed. Shared parking at the bank is nice, since evening demands don't conflict with banker's hours.

Urban Review - St. Louis said...

I agree that lot is an entrance. It would be nice to see a 3-4 story building go up to fill out the site -- complete with structured parking beneath the building.

The previous commentor is correct, the Commerce Bank lot is massive and works well for extra parking.

Many people do park on side streets which I'm sure the neighbors find annoying. A small lot here and there like the one next Mangia on South Grand wouldn't be so bad.