View-Killing Clayton High-Rise to Offer Live Video Stream of the Sunrise


Some luxury condo dwellers in Clayton will soon have a gorgeous Arch view (on a live video feed.) - IMAGE VIA MARK GOEBEL/FLICKR
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  • Some luxury condo dwellers in Clayton will soon have a gorgeous Arch view (on a live video feed.)
People living in a luxury condo high-rise in downtown Clayton will soon be able to see the sun rise over the Arch — on a live video feed beamed from a newer luxury high-rise that will block their actual view of the stunning sight.

The unusual arrangement is part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Park Tower resident Dr. Daniel Phillips and some of his neighbors against the St. Louis County suburb. The ticked-off condo dwellers took Clayton to court over tax abatements offered to the developers of a 26-floor apartment complex to be called 212 S. Meramec.

The under-construction tower — originally called The Crossing and designed to include 250 swanky units, a pool, a fitness center, first-floor retail shops, a parking garage and, of course, stunning views — will be outfitted with a high-definition video camera to broadcast the scenery to its neighbors as part of a deal between the city, developer and Park Tower residents, city officials say.

The settlement also includes a $500,000 payout from the developer to the Park Tower Condo Association and another $500,000 to cover legal fees. Clayton gets to cut the developer’s tax abatement to 20 percent from 50 percent. That’ll mean another $4.9 million in taxes for the city, school district and taxing district during the next two decades, according to Clayton officials.

Maybe that’s enough to take the sting out of trading those priceless views for the virtual sunrise.

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