Lux Living Proposal for Oakland and Kingshighway - NextSTL
By - rgbose
I'm not a fan of Lux, but at least they're not pretending like they need tax incentives for this one.
This sucks. Lux Living is another iteration of Asprient and Citywide. They just failed to get the old Optimist building razed on Lindell. This will be another cookie cutter building that looks nice from a distance and will immediately begin falling apart and be neglected.
Sux Living there and giving all your money to fancy slum lords.
Is it really any worse than the row of vacant buildings lining the street?
I’d obviously prefer something over derelict buildings but this company, in its various forms, has shown itself to be predatory and uninterested in anything more than the bare minimum.
They basically own Debaliviere Place now and I'm really conflicted. They do enough to keep their places and the neighborhood look good, but they're all cookie cutter and they're pretty shitty landlords
It’s crazy cuz there projects in KC are already factiously claiming to be the most luxurious in the city with the best views lol
Why does everyone say they'll be neglected? I know the company builds and sells after 2-3 years so your new management might be hit or miss. But the amenities are really nice. I toured chelsea and it was a very nice building. They had the most incredible apartment community gym I've ever seen, a virtual golf thing, a sauna and steam room, and a nice pool. And I think they had other stuff. I wouldn't call it "luxurious" but it was like upscale living for people in their 20s that like to go out a lot.
This company and its owner (Sid Chakraverty) rebrands every few years once word gets out about them. You should check out some of the other threads:
regarding their maintenance and business practices. All of their properties look nice in a generic HGTV way but soon start to fall apart and building managers simply don't care about maintaining them.
So the story is that asprient became citywide and then became Lux Living? All run by Sid? I had heard of them but never knew that lux was a rehashed asprient. I thought they were separate. Shady...
Shady indeed. Their market in town is generally around CWE and now FPSE to get incoming med students. Working theory is that they rebrand every few years so that when potential renters google their name they're not flooded with red flags. My hunch is that they switched to Citywide in part to share search pages with 4 Hands beer of the same name. Helps dilute results.
But I'm confused now. Citywide still is a thing from what I can see. As is the Lux apartments? Did they split into two?
Edit: ah I found it
Among my STL friends we have a saying that goes back years: fuck asprient
“with a courtyard facing Kingshighway for spectating the jaydtiving on the traffic sewer”
Is this English? I feel like I’m reading an AI generated sentence.
Copy and pasted Press release I bet.
"Ah the traffic sewer, who can really forget spectating that "
Jaydriving is a term used to describe driving inconsistent with traffic laws, and Kingshighway IS a traffic sewer. I think it's an apt description for the ground level viewshed there.
What’s a traffic sewer?
You really want me to explain how metaphors work?
LuxLiving a.k.a Asprient a.k.a. CityWide
DDC: We'll just let this corner of real-estate demo by neglect because we don't like the rules.
FPSENA: We'll make it very difficult for you if you don't do something rather than have the buildings collapse.
Drury Owner: *Dies*
DDC: OK, we're selling...
DDC: ...to Vic Alston.
>One-plus-five, also known as five-over-one, or a podium building, is a type of multi-family residential building commonly found in urban areas of North America. The mid-rise buildings are normally constructed with four or five wood-frame stories above a concrete podium (usually for retail or resident amenity space). The one-plus-five style of buildings exploded in popularity in the 2010s, following a 2009 revision to the United States based International Building Code, which allowed up to five stories of wood-framed construction.
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The renderings at least look a lot better and has some underground parking. Also the needless demo behind it has stopped. And apparently no subsidies.