“A Vision for Parkview Gardens,” is a neighborhood sustainability plan that calls for greater residential density, infrastructure improvements to promote sustainability and security, and improved green space in a University City neighborhood. It identifies several key sites for redevelopment, including the area between Delmar, Eastgate, and Enright.The plan came out of a study administered by University City in 2011-2012. It was funded in part by a $315,000 Sustainable Community Challenge grant by the U.S. Departments of Transportation and of Housing and Urban Development. Nine planning partners, including Washington University, contributed to the development of the plan through financial contributions or in-kind work. Public meetings and workshops were held throughout the planning process to encourage participation and gather feedback from community members.
The study showed a significant demand in the neighborhood for new, renovated, and rehabilitated multi-family apartments as well as demand for single-family offerings, such as condominiums and town homes. According to the study, the area could attract the creative class, young professionals, and empty-nesters seeking a more urban living environment.
Washington University proposed an $80 million investment in retail and student apartments in the Parkview Gardens neighborhood, located along the Delmar Loop. It identified this area as a prime location based on the results of the Parkview Gardens Sustainability Plan and the Delmar Loop Area Retail Plan & Development Strategy. The first phase of the the Loop Lofts project is completed. It was awarded LEED Platinum certification in 2014 and is the university’s first LEED Platinum project.