WU Med Breaking Ground on new CWE Siteman Ambulatory Center

After weeks of speculation and curiosity among CWE residents and St. Louis urbanists that enveloped a highly visible lot in the heart of the Central West End, Washington University School of Medicine has finally revealed their highly anticipated plans to the community.

Although a massing study (shown below) indicated that a large building would front Forest Park Parkway, work was beginning before official renderings were publicized – an unusual step for an organization that generally does the opposite. The rendering and a news release from Washington University School of Medicine shares information on a brand new facility in the Central West End. The site, located at the intersection of Forest Park Parkway and Taylor Ave., fronts a building occupied by the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy and is currently just a surface parking lot.

Siteman Ambulatory Care Center – Rendering from Washington University School of Medicine

The Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish complex continues to grow as the hospital solidifies its status as one of the best treatment centers in the United States. In particular, the Siteman Cancer Center was recently rated as the 11th best cancer center in the country by U.S. News and World Reports. As its capacity is still limited, WU Med is embarking upon the project rendered below to add to their capacity to treat and support its patients.

Massing Released prior to Rendering

The Siteman Ambulatory Center is intended to consolidate most outpatient care needs into one facility. The plan calls for over 650,000 square feet of total usable space. As the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports, there will be “96 exam rooms, 88 infusion pods for chemotherapy and immunotherapy, plus radiology, breast imaging, and hematology and chemistry laboratory space”.

Although work on the foundation is now underway, the estimated completion date for the project is in 2024. By then, the Cortex, CWE, and Midtown will host a number of new, dense constructions. With the neighboring Neuroscience facility underway less than a mile away on Duncan, the Cortex K project on Sarah, and apartments proposed on Lindell by Lux Living, the area will see a continued emphasis on density and walkability in the coming years.


Ronald McDonald House on Chouteau Poised to Revitalize Whole Block, Help More People

The Ronald McDonald House, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for families visiting St. Louis for children’s medical care, has long been planning to upgrade its facilities in the region. The organization currently has a capacity limited to 59 families due to their facility limitations, leading to a wait list that they hope the additional room will alleviate.

While St. Louisans may not be the direct beneficiaries of the Ronald McDonald House, sick children and their families across Missouri often must come to St. Louis to access needed medical care. Often that means staying for a long time at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Children’s Hospital, or Siteman Cancer Center. With that in mine, it is very important that the Ronald McDonald House should be as close as possible to relieve the burden on families.


The proposed development will be located on the 4300 block of Chouteau in Forest Park Southeast. It will sit adjacent to the highway (64/40), just across from the Central West End where all of the healthcare facilities are located. According to RMHC, “The House will be equidistant from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital adjacent to Shiners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis. “

Location pin pointed on Google Maps

Despite the quickly accelerating property values in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood and dwindling land availability, the North side of 4300 block of Chouteau (much like the Drury-held properties on Kingshighway) is vacant and blighted. A former church, Emmanus Baptist, sits at the corner of Tower Grove Ave and Chouteau, abandoned for years and slowly seeing its fortunes and structural integrity decline. The more industrial looking building is a former warehouse, though it may look more like a prison than anything else with large, barbed wire fencing on the Eastern half of the property.

Image from Google Street View

The proposal itself will significantly improve the block, consolidating the three parcels into one for their construction. As the organization will be also consolidating the units from two other locations into this development, it will also be quite large. According to minutes from the Forest Park Southeast Neighborhood Association from a 2018 meeting, the proposal calls for 60 units at this location, over 10000 square feet of public space, and 11000 square feet of office for RMHC. Although we are now well past the anticipated start and completion dates indicated in that meeting, it appears now that the Ronald McDonald House is gearing up for construction.


Just this weekend, the group finally put up large signs with renderings and information in front of the site. Moreover, there have been large teams of people inspecting the property over the past few weeks. Missouri Metro has reached out to RMHC for more information regarding a new timeline. Regardless, the design seems to be just about finalized and residents can expect the finished result to look like the rendering below:

Rendering of the Ronald McDonald House – RMHC

If the rendering is a good indication of the final product, then RMHC will be using high quality materials across most, if not all of the façade. The streetscape will also be improved significantly with repaired sidewalks, trees, and more pedestrian activity. The organization is also suggesting that the building will be significantly more energy efficient than their current setup, while also indicating that the staff-on-site will substantially improve the patient and family experience.

This development will go a long way toward revitalizing one of the few vacant stretches in Forest Park Southeast and provide a truly beneficial service for families and children across the state of Missouri.

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