On the Boards: CMU Mixed-Use Project

Katie Gall on March 15, 2022

Yaeger Architecture was hired by Central Methodist University (CMU) to design a mixed-use complex in downtown Fayette, Missouri. The facility consists of one three-story structure with retail and parking at grade level and student housing on the two upper floors. There will be 18 four-bedroom housing units including units designed for universal accessibility.

The project is located on the Northwest corner of the historic square at North Church Street and West Morrison Street in Fayette, MO. The site was home to five buildings originally constructed in the early 19th Century. Building surveyors determined the cost to repair the facilities would far exceed the value of the buildings. As a result, the existing buildings on the site will be removed entirely.

There will be 6,600 S.F. of retail space on the ground level of this mixed-use project facing the county courthouse square. CMU chose to build student housing off campus to help to strengthen the student demographic in the downtown community. The University imagines a brand-new incubator of business occupying the new retail spaces which will generate tax revenue for the city and county.

The building elevations were designed to honor the historic architecture commonly found around the square.