Bricklayers Local 1, IBEW 1, other trades bannering SoHo Apartments downtown

Developer has a long history of poor quality operating under various LLCs

By TIM ROWDEN
Managing Editor

IBEW LOCAL 1 members (from left) Brian Sinamon, Rick Dinnella and Rich Niehaus, manned a banner March 14 are calling out Lux Living and Big Sur Construction for the use of non-union electrical contractor St. Louis Electric, which pays below area standard wages and benefits negotiated by Local 1, for the SoHo Apartments development at 1501 S. 7th St. in downtown St. Louis. Lux Living is the latest in a line of LLCs operated by Victor Alston and Sidarth Chakraverty which have received tax abatements for various developments in the city. – John Kahrhoff/IBEW Local 1 photo

Downtown St. Louis – Bricklayers Local 1, IBEW Local 1 and other trades including Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 and Operating Engineers Local 513 are bannering the SoHo Apartments project here at 1501 S. 7th St. for using non-union contractors that pay below the hard-won area standard wages and benefits negotiated by the local unions.

The SoHo project is under development by Lux Living, an LLC formed by Victor Alston and Sidarth Chakraverty. Their names are tied to nearly 100 different LLCs in the area, including STL CityWide Properties – formerly Asprient Properties, which had an occupied apartment building partially collapse in the Central West End in May 2021.

NextSTL published a lengthy expose on Alston and Chakraverty’s various developments and the need for better vetting of developers in the City last September.

BRICKLAYERS LOCAL 1 calls out the use of non-union Larios Masonry, which pays below area standards established by Bricklayers Local 1 at the SoHo Apartments located 1501 S 7th St. in downtown St. Louis. Taking the message to the public is Tilesetters Local 18 Business Agent Anthony Bono. – Mark Savage/Bricklayers Local 1 photo

Lux Living, established in 2019 as Alston and Chakraverty’s development arm, has several new developments in the works, including the Chelsea (2021), Hudson (2021), SoHo (2021), McKenzie (2022), and the two proposals at the Optimist International site in the Central West End and the former Drury properties along Kingshighway in Forest Park Southeast.

The Steelyard (2016) and Tribeca (2018), were built by Alston and Chakraverty under the Asprient name but are now listed among the Lux Living developments.

Alston and Chakraverty have a long history of poor building quality and maintenance, but that hasn’t stopped them from getting tax abatements ranging from 80-100 percent for 10-20 years for the Steelyard, Soho, Tribeca, Hudson and Chelsea projects.

NextSTL has a lengthy story on Alston and Chakraverty’s various developments and history of poor building quality and shoddy maintenance at https://nextstl.com/2021/09/opinion-we-must-start-vetting-developers.


 

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