New stores, apartments promise to energize South Kingshighway

BEVO MILL – A new look is coming to Kingshighway Boulevard south of Chippewa Street, and it should bring new life, new jobs and new shopping and housing choices to that area. 

In her July email to residents, 14th Ward Alderwoman Carol Howard mentioned new developments coming throughout her ward. She gave special attention to Kingshighway south of Chippewa, along with the adjacent (now vacant) former Shop ‘n Save building at 4660 Chippewa.

“The whole South Kingshighway street scene will soon be renovated,” Howard said in the email. “Some exciting plans are in the works for multi-use properties along S. Kingshighway with shops and market-rate apartments.”

Howard wrote that there were plans for a grocery store and a Planet Fitness in the Shop ‘n Save property. At the northwest corner of the Shop ‘n Save parking lot, the shuttered former Applebee’s will reopen as a Hook and Reel Seafood Restaurant.  

Online property records of the city assessor’s office name Cornerstone Chippewa LLC as the owner of the 4.5 acre Shop ‘n Save property. John Clancy, a developer based in Palm Beach, Fla., is listed in state corporate records as the organizer. 

City property records say an application was filed April 25 for a building permit for interior and exterior alterations for a fitness center on the property for an estimated $1,065,000.

Cornerstone Chippewa is also listed as the owner of properties acquired on the east side of Chippewa near Kingshighway. They extend to south of the Shop ‘n Save property.

Reached in Palm Beach, Clancy said he couldn’t give more details until he wrapped up talks, possibly later this week.

“It’s going to be mixed-use,” he said, and will encompass seven or eight acres. 

“It will be very exciting,” Clancy said.

The properties acquired by Cornerstone Chippewa LLC include the six-acre property formerly occupied by the Monsignor Louis F. Meyer Youth Center and the Magdalen Bowling Lanes. In 2009, the center was named for Meyer, who had long been a leader of the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Council. He died in 2011 at the age of 92.

Farther south on Kingshighway, at Lansdowne Avenue, Garcia Properties is renovating the former YWCA into apartments and offices.

Berto Garcia, one of the owners of Garcia Properties, said there would be about 15  one- and two-bedroom apartments. There would be about the same amount of 150- to 350-square-foot offices, with shared restrooms and conference rooms. The company is spending about $2 million on the project.

“We’re looking to complete by the end of the year,” Garcia said. 

People who go by the building share their memories about it, Garcia said.

“Oh, I used to swim in that,” he said. 

“There’s a lot of opportunity, I think, in the city in general,” Garcia said. “We believe in the value of doing business on South Kingshighway.”

 Elsewhere in the 14th Ward, Howard wrote, Lindcrest Properties LLC has bought the apartments at 4551 Gravois Avenue and is renovating it into new apartments and storefronts.

“I expect this renovation to add value to the Gravois Business District. Lindcrest’s move to the business district will provide more exposure to the amenities Gravois has to offer,” Howard wrote.

Howard also wrote that Salviccio Properties was converting the former Southampton Church at Nottingham and Macklind avenues to apartments.

Jim Merkel Born and raised in the St. Louis area, Jim Merkel covered communities throughout the area from 1991 to 2013 for the old Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis. He is the author of five books about the Gateway City published by Reedy Press. The latest is Growing Up St. Louis: Looking Back Through the Decades. He and his wife, Lorraine, live in the Bevo Mill neighborhood of south St. Louis with Miss Jenny the Cat. For more about Jim, visit

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