Massive Apartment and Hotel Complex Planned at Delmar and 170

In December of 2019, it was shared that LuxLiving was planning a 160-unit apartment building and 133 room hotel on the site at Delcrest Drive and Delmar Boulevard (8400 Delmar) at Interstate 170. Since then, the project has been completely re-designed and the scope has been changed.

The Element Hotel portion, which was planned to be 6-stories in height, was dumped for a 9-story, 133 room (unchanged) hotel whose brand has yet to be named. The apartment portion has grown from 5-stories to 8-stories and is now 252 units (an increase of 92 units). The project has also picked up an 8-story parking garage with 435 spaces. The parking garage was originally supposed to be 2-stories, so the garage was supersized but everything has been condensed on the site.

Instead of the buildings being short and spread out over the entire site, the new plan has everything condensed close to Delmar and Delcrest while a third of the site will be parking. The garage, and a portion of the apartment building, will border the private street that runs along the highway.

You can compare the new site plan with the old below. The new site plan is the first picture. Old is the second.

Just like before, no cost estimate or timeline have been provided.

The University City Planning Commission document reveals some more information about the project though. The facade materials will be brick, fiber cement panels, and glass. The first floor, fronting Delmar, will feature windows, and a restaurant space with a patio. The entrance to the hotel and apartments will be on Delcrest off of a Circle Drive. Finally, the tallest portion of the buildings will stand at 120ft.

The Planning Commission recommends approval for the development based on…

  1. Conditional Use Permit approving shared parking prior to final plan approval.
  2. Lot Consolidation Required As Part of the Subdivision Process
  3. Density and FAR Ratios Conditioned
  4. Phasing Plan and Timeline Be Provided Prior To Final Plan Approval

The project’s name is “The McKenzie”. The development will replace a 5-story office building and shopping plaza, known as “Delcrest Plaza”. The developer, as said at the beginning, is LuxLiving, who has done projects such as Tribeca, Chelsea, Steelyard, and the Bordeaux but also have a pipeline featuring the Soho, and the Hudson. The architect is VE Design Group and BE Creative LLC.