While the controversial subdivision development in the eastern half of the Botanical Heights neighborhood (formerly McRee Town) has received more fanfare, the commercial corridor along Tower Grove has been quietly gaining momentum.
At McRee and Tower Grove, which is visible from Interstate 44, Hoffman Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning and Urban Improvement Construction (UIC) have each rehabbed a building on the corners of this intersection in the past few years. Earlier this year, UIC also began to work on the mixed-use building on the NE corner. In the past few months, this shell of a building has been completely rehabbed. The pics in the photo gallery below will give you an idea of what it looks like as the UIC offices.
There is no word on potential occupants at this point, but there are “For Lease” signs in the windows, so hopefully they will find somebody soon. With this project, the corner is really starting to have a good vibe, and one would hope this energy will continue to spread north and south along the commercial corridor on Tower Grove. With Forest Park Southeast (aka The Grove) continuing it’s rapid improvements directly to the north, and Shaw doing the same to the south, such development in Botanical Heights could prove to be a great bridge between the areas. If only the residential sections between the new subdivison and Tower Grove would see more improvements, this neighborhood could really be something.