Monday, September 9, 2013
Midwood Hotel Demolition Underway
I happened to be driving down Midland Boulevard last week and noticed that that the demolition of the Midwood Hotel is now underway. I posted in May that St. Louis County is considering installing a roundabout at the intersection of Midland and Woodson. The hotel is being demolished as if the decision to build the roundabout is fait accompli. However, it appears that the public process for the decision has only recently begun.
According to an Overland online calendar, there was a public information meeting held by the City of Overland and the St. Louis County Department of Highways & Traffic (not to be confused with the Bicycle Department) on August 19th. The calendar says that the conceptual design of the roundabout was to be presented. If anyone happened to go (or knows of an online link), we would love to see the proposal. Also in late August, the City of Overland set up an email account for residents to post comments about the proposal, and so far there seems to be no announcement of conclusions.
Demolition of the building is being completed from front to back.
Downtown Overland along Woodson is very intact at walkable south of Midland.
Although Midland is a wide boulevard, a renovated Midwood Hotel could have acted as a real catalyst connecting the main downtown area with the area north along Woodson.
The continuity of the downtown at the intersection is already challenged with what appears to be a fairly underutilized park complete with gazebo at the southwest side opposite the Midwood.
The intersection is also challenged by big dead space in front of a Quick Trip on Woodson immediately behind this shot (and by the Quick Trip itself). The grass area is mostly part of Quick Trip's parcel up to the cut-off turn lane from Woodson to Midland.