Lobby of North Sarah Apartments

Connecting the once disinvested section of North St. Louis City

North Sarah Redevelopment
St. Louis Housing Authority
St. Louis, MO

Located in the North Central area of St. Louis, North Sarah is set between the key neighborhoods of Grand Center and the Central West End. The new development is a key part of connecting the once disinvested section of North St. Louis City, bringing new businesses and other developments to the area.

The first phase of the $18 million North Sarah development includes 120 mixed-income rental units, both townhome garden-style, in a mix of two- and three- story buildings. Additionally, there is almost 12,000 SF of commercial, management and community space.

The development was designed in accordance with Enterprise Green Community Criteria (EGCC). The Enterprise Green Community Criteria (EGCC) is the first national framework for healthy, efficient and environmentally smart affordable homes. Containing detailed information that addresses multiple aspects of  design, development and operations, the purpose of the EGCC is to provide a clear, cost-effective criteria for all kinds of affordable housing.

KAI engineers worked with the Alderman and the City to replace existing street lighting with smaller scale pedestrian lighting, making it brighter and more uniform. Phase II consists of more rental units and commercial space. KAI served as the lead project architect for both phases of the development.


Building Information Modeling, Fire Protection Engineering, Enterprise Green Community, Planning, Programming, Construction Administration, Sustainable Design, Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Interior Design, Architecture

The Impact

Redeveloping a historic community.

The North Sarah development represents a critical part of the City’s North Central plan, which was developed over several years and completed in 2000. The plan was designed to redevelop this historic community within the City of St. Louis. While the architecture celebrates the history of the area, the community features modern amenities and sustainable (green) technology to improve the energy efficiency of the units.