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HBE Corp. Clayton condominium building

A rendering of the planned condominium building Fred Kummer's HBE Corp. is planning to develop at Maryland and Bemiston avenues. (Rendering via Lawrence Group/HBE Corp.)

Fred Kummer’s plan for a condominium tower across the street from Clayton City Hall will have its first public hearing in front of the city’s architectural review board later this month.

Plans filed with Clayton also offered the first details on the design and specifications of HBE Corp.’s proposed development at the corner of Bemiston and Maryland avenues. The $175 million building would rise 21 stories and add 110 residential units to the booming seat of St. Louis County.

Plans call for 250 parking spaces in four levels of interior garage space, three of which would be below ground. There are no plans for street-level commercial space, though there would be green space added to the west side of the building.

Last week, HBE’s president, Kummer, 90, dropped plans for a hotel just to the west of the planned condo tower and will instead use it as a construction staging area while he and his team finalize plans for a future development phase, likely retail and restaurant-oriented. Working with Kummer on the project are Steve Smith, CEO of the Lawrence Group; F. Stafford Manion, president of Gladys Manion Inc.; and Clayton-based Castle Design.

HBE closed in February on the purchase of the northern half of the block bounded by Maryland, Bemiston and Central avenues, mostly owned by the Gershman family.

Construction is planned to start after tenant leases on the site are up in February. The developers are asking for no tax incentives.

However, a group of area preservationists is working to save the historic Shanley Building, which would be torn down to make way for the condo tower. They plan a rally Saturday morning to raise awareness about the 1936 office building, generally recognized as the first International Style building in the Midwest.

And the developer will have to win approval from city officials. The first hearing before the Clayton Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board is scheduled for the evening of May 20.