Wellbridge, Drunken Bean coffee shop seek go-ahead from Clayton board

Two companies will seek conditional use permits before the Clayton Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

According to the board’s agenda, city officials will consider granting those permits to the Wellbridge Athletic Club & Spa and the Drunken Bean coffee shop during its regularly scheduled meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

According to new applications filed with the city of Clayton in April, Wellbridge plans to move from its current location at 7620 Forsyth Blvd., into a 40,000 square-foot space at 7676 Forsyth, which is part of Centene’s $770 million expansion.

The Clayton Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board gave positive recommendation last week for construction plans to be done by Nama on behalf of Wellbridge. Those designs call for the new location to sit on the second and third floors of the expansion project.

Based in Denver, Colorado, Wellbridge owns and manages 20 athletic and tennis clubs and spas across the United States. Wellbridge has developed an exclusive approach to combining fitness and wellness that caters to every way of life.

The new Wellbridge facility in Clayton will include a spa, six boutique studios, a cafe and indoor pool, along with two whirlpools and two saunas. The second floor will include a daycare center, locker and shower facilities and a natatorium. Pilates and yoga studios will also be on the second floor next to the day spa.

A juice bar and welcome center, Energy Cafe, will provide a “resting transition area” at the center of all activities, allowing patrons to recuperate and take time off from their exercise.

The third floor will consist of a vestibule that leads to various group exercise studios, including Spin Concept at the north and northwest corner of the building. A hot yoga studio will be available at the southeast corner of the building. Other studios will include a free weight exercise area and a functional training with cardio area.

Wellbridge is just one of many businesses involved in Centene’s expansion project.

According to the company’s website, Centene’s expansion will create 2,000 jobs, half of which will be new to Missouri, with annual salaries averaging $73,000, plus benefits.

The expansion includes parking garages, residential units, a hotel and civic auditorium, and multiple office towers.

The project’s first stage, which is slated to be completed in 2019, includes a 600,000-square-foot office tower with a parking garage adjacent to Centene’s headquarters on Forsyth Blvd.

New Coffee Shop

Adrian Turnell is requesting a conditional use permit to open a new coffee shop at 222 S Meramec Ave.

Century Building

The Drunken Bean, which will be located on the ground floor of the Century Building, will be designed as a coffee shop with grab and go food, such as salads and sandwiches.

The building sits at approximately 778 square feet and will have a maximum of 16 occupants. The Drunken Bean will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

City staff is recommending that the board approve the conditional use permit requests for both businesses.

For more information, visit the city’s development news page.

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