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FRONTENAC • Uncle Julio's, a Mexican restaurant chain with about 35 locations in the Midwest and south, will have its first St. Louis-area location in the Frontenac Commons under development at the site of the former Shriners Hospital.

An amendment in the $90 million Desco Group plan for retail, office, a fitness center and bank at the 2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard location provides for a single restaurant. Two restaurants were foreseen originally when Desco announced plans in the fall of 2017.

The development change was approved by Frontenac aldermen Tuesday night, after a brief public hearing. Lifetime Fitness was previously announced as a business in the Commons, and more future tenants will be named in several weeks, a spokesman said.

Shriners Hospital left Frontenac in 2015 after 52 years, and built a smaller facility at 4400 Clayton Avenue in St. Louis

Frontenac Commons was approved for 50 percent property tax abatement, the first in Frontenac's development history. The tax break relates to the city as well as all other taxing agencies. Desco is paying the city $170,000 annually in payments in lieu of taxes. The city has received similar payments from other developers whose projects are not heavy sales tax generators.

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