Twin Oaks Project Giving Krieger’s, Other Retailers Fresh Facade
Twin Oaks, MO/September 20, 2017 (STLRealEstate.News) – Everyone can appreciate a makeover. There’s just something wonderfully rejuvenating about freshening up. It can have a transformative effect. When the redo involves redeveloping an underused section of a small community in a way that will nearly double its population, the impact is significant. So, it’s no small matter that the once tired-looking, largely vacant Big Bend Square Shopping Center in Twin Oaks is getting a major facelift. The project by St. Louis-based developer Haley Holdings Seven LLC and Weldon Springs-based Propper Construction Services is bringing new things to the tiny West County village, and a fresh face to some longtime local businesses, including the popular Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar.
The Villages at Big Bend Square include a five-story mixed-use apartment building with ground-floor retail space. The project will create more than 200 new apartments and incorporate about 45,000 square feet of retail space in the finished design. Just over 25,000 square feet of existing retail will remain, with another 20,000 square feet being added, including a 3,000-square foot single-use building being constructed along Big Bend Road. The development represents a $60 million investment in the small Village of Twin Oaks.
The 11-acre tract of land under development sits just south of Big Bend Road and east of Hwy 141, across the street from the new Twin Oaks government building. Local officials had been looking for about ten years for some use for the land and large building left vacant when Schnucks Market relocated to their new site north of Big Bend. That old grocery store was razed in June to make way for new construction.
As part of the project, a strip of adjacent shops and restaurants are getting a makeover intended to update their appearance and add appeal. That part of the project was complicated when demolition crews discovered the stores’ electrical systems were all tied to the old Schnucks building, according to Haley Holdings Seven’s Tim Breece. The electrical complication meant relocating the transformer for the existing businesses and doing some rewiring. The architectural facelift for the existing stores will include new facades for everyone, and a gleaming new, heated patio for Krieger’s Hometown Sports Bar. The work on this phase of the project should be completed by the end of November. Improvements inside the restaurant and sports bar are also slated to be finished by that time.
Breece says the existing shops have been very welcoming of the development. “Our projects have been very well received by the community,” he said. “I think our tenants in the shopping center are going to do very well as a result of the upgrades and improvements to the center,” Breece added. Shop owners anticipate new customers being drawn to their businesses, thanks in part to the 219 high-end luxury apartments under construction. When the full project is completed by the end of 2018, it is anticipated that those apartments will house 300–350 new residents, a 70–80 percent population gain for the Village of Twin Oaks.