A proposed condominium development near Clayton High School has made progress following recent approvals by the Clayton Planning Commission/Architectural Review Board.

The commission on Dec. 3 approved the architectural review for the project. The commission recommends to the city’s board of aldermen two, nine-unit condominium buildings, each with 18 underground parking spaces and a shared driveway. There would be 18 total units in the two buildings and each would be 3.5 stories.

Called “The Pearl,” the project will consolidate properties at 43, 47, 51 and 55 Topton Way across from Clayton High School. There are currently four apartment buildings at the site. If the project wins final approval, those buildings will be torn down. The Pearl, with a projected cost of $11 million, is being proposed by the Mehlman family, — Mark and Debi Mehlman and their sons Scott and Blair Mehlman. Tyler Stephens of Core10 Architecture is the project’s architect.

Mark Mehlman and Stevens have worked together over the past 20 years on several other buildings in the neighborhood. They told commission members that the project will fit in with the surrounding area.

Mehlman is also the developer of the Crescent, a mixed-use project with condo units on Carondelet near the Ritz Carlton in Clayton. He said the Crescent, built over 10 years ago, represents the last condos built in Clayton.

Pending approval by aldermen, the Mehlmans want to begin work on the project by early 2019. The project is scheduled to go before aldermen on Jan. 8.

In mid 2017, MW Development Enterprises, LLC, wanted to build a single, 250-foot long building with 40 units and 67 parking spaces at the site. Some residents spoke against it, and planning commission members described it as out of context with the size of the surrounding neighborhood. Revisions were requested, but a revised plan never came.