April 22, 2022 | Fox Architects | Architecture, In the Media, Projects

St. Louis Business Journal: Massive residential project planned for former 100-acre South County office campus

This week, Fox acquired firm (Zwick + Gandt Architecture) was highlighted in the St. Louis Business Journal by way of The Manors at Tesson Ridge project.

To see the St. Louis Business Journal article, please click here.


By Nathan Rubbelke  –  Reporter, St. Louis Business Journal

The former 100-acre South County campus of insurance firm MetLife will turn into a massive residential development with nearly 400 housing units, according to plans outlined Thursday.

The project, called Tesson Ridge, is being led by St. Charles-based Propper Construction Services and will include a mix of multifamily and single-family housing as well as a commercial component spread across four distinct developments at the site, located between Tesson Ferry Road and Keller Road, about 2 miles south of the Interstate 270 and Highway 21 interchange.

  • The Manors at Tesson Ridge, which will feature single-family homes “built by a premier home builder with experience in the luxury market,” according to a news release. The project’s website said a search for a homebuilder for the project is underway. Homes are expected to be priced between the low $500,000s to $1 million-plus. The development will be limited to 110 homes.
  • The Residences at Tesson Ridge, which will consist of luxury apartments totaling around 210 units described as “upscale,” with amenities such as a fitness center, swimming pool, sports courts and community room.
  • The Villas at Tesson Ridge, which will include up to 60 single-family homes starting at $250,000.
  • The Shops at Tesson Ridge, which will include a mix of retail, restaurant, office and medical tenants.

Construction is expected to begin this fall, though a spokeswoman said the cost of the project and a timeline for when it will be complete are not yet known.

MetLife had vacated the campus in 2019 when it relocated employees to a new office in Creve Coeur. The site had served as the longtime home for General American Life Insurance Co., formerly one of St. Louis’ biggest privately held companies with $3.9 billion in revenue before MetLife acquired it in 1999.

An entity affiliated with Propper acquired the campus in December. MetLife left behind about 650,000 square feet of existing buildings, which Propper intends to adapt into the multifamily portions of the project, the firm said in a news release. It will also include a public plaza, a lake and walking trails.

Other firms involved in the project include Stock & Associates Consulting Engineers, Zwick + Gandt Architecture, Loomis Associates and HOK.

“We are excited to share our plans for Tesson Ridge and ways it will benefit the community and future residents,” Tim Breece, president of Propper Construction Services, said in a news release. “We have sought to understand what is important to the local community and we are confident that our vision will reflect what we have heard and bring renewed life to the property.”

Propper said the project will go to the St. Louis County Planning Commission for zoning approval this spring. A town hall meeting to discuss the development is scheduled for Thursday, April 29, at the former MetLife building at 13045 Tesson Ferry Road.

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