The good news continued for the neighborhood in 2017 with the start of Adams Grove:
The 50 homes include 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom garden units and townhomes. They are spread across the south side of neighborhood:
Images from Trivers/Rise
The construction is well underway as of publishing. Much of this housing is being built on vacant lots, but some homes were destroyed to make way for the new construction. Here's an example of the type of homes that were demo'd in the 4400 block of Norfolk:
The north side of the 4400 block of Norfolk had a couple nice brick homes demo'd, but there is infill on vacant lots as well:
The 4300 block of Swan Avenue just east of Newstead has a new home going up on a former vacant lot:
The 4400 block of Vista Avenue is maybe the most dramatic improvement in reversing the negativity of abandonment and neglect where an accumulation of former vacant lots looked like a field:
I really think these designs are going to hold up better than the early 1970s styles that are very common in this neighborhood:
But, who knows, these mod designs will definitely look of their time. We'll have to see how the passing of time dates or memorializes these architectural styles.
This kind of project is exciting because it provides balance and diversity in price points for a neighborhood. And, it bring new, lower-maintenance housing to a market that is largely old, brick buildings.
You know, not everyone is cut out to maintain or be a good stewards of a 100+ year old home. You have to be devoted to it, you have to love it. Not all want that kind of commitment and these new homes will provide just that. Quality housing at a lower price point to balance the higher-end market rate places including those that I mentioned above. In fact there is some handsome modern market rate homes being built at Vista and Newstead, sadly, many brick buildings were destroyed to bring these online. These two are called Core @ Newstead:
This project is transforming the neighborhood and will add some much needed residents to a part of Forest Park Southeast that was clearing out and still bares the scars of years of neglect and bad owners/landlords.