A project to bring housing and space for social innovation will move forward after signing a contract with the City of St. Louis.

Delmar DivINe is a high-impact real estate project to transform the former St. Luke’s Hospital located at 5535 Delmar Boulevard into a space for St. Louis social initiatives and institutions.

“The Delmar DivINe is a reference to the location – the dividing line of St. Louis,” said Maxine Clark, founder and former CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop and visionary behind the Delmar DivINe™ project. “We’re giving new life to this historic corner of the West End neighborhood – on the northside of Delmar between Clara & Belt – that will provide a headquarters location to not-for-profit organizations and community support providers that focus on improving the lives of children and families in St. Louis.” Now that we have signed a contract, we are finalizing our community engagement partners so we can get maximum input from the West End residents and surrounding neighborhood groups.”

According to a press release, the space will facilitate innovation and collaboration for effective, community centered solutions in education, social services, public health and community development by providing state-of-the-art working spaces, sharable meeting and training spaces, innovative programming and tools and platforms for new levels of thought partnership among the non-profits and community initiatives that will be co-locating in the building.

The first phase of construction is set to begin in November and will include 180,000 square feet of workspace along with 160 one and two bedroom apartments.