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Friday, April 27, 2007

14th Street in the Business Journal; Updates on House Tour & Mullanphy Concert

Day 26 of “45 Days in Old North”

This week’s St. Louis Business Journal has two different articles that deal with our plans for the 14th Street Mall. The report by freelance writer Frank Fuerst (Rundown 14th Street Mall plans contingent on funds) focuses on the 14th Street development and how it fits into the larger context of ONSLRG’s mission and the work going on throughout the neighborhood. Barbara Geisman, Mayor Slay’s executive director for development, is quoted once again comparing ONSL with another historic neighborhood near downtown that has been revitalized in recent years: “We view Old North St. Louis as the Soulard of the 21st century.”

The other article (Early applicants get priority on housing bond allocations) addresses some of the financing challenges for projects, such as the 14th Street Mall redevelopment and others that had counted on tax-exempt bonds from the state. Despite a rather unpredictable decision-making process used by the Missouri Housing Development Commission, RHCDA president Stephen Acree is quoted as being optimistic that the mall development would receive the necessary private activity bond allocation this year.

House Tour Update

The Old North St. Louis House & Community Tour is just two weeks from Saturday! (That would be Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) It’s not too late to buy your advance tickets - for yourself and all of your friends, colleagues, family members, and anybody else who appreciates historic, urban neighborhoods undergoing community-wide transformation. For online ticket purchases, more information, or to volunteer to help, visit www.ONSL.org.


Mullanphy Update
And while you’re marking your calendar, your next opportunity to contribute to the preservation of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home will be a benefit concert on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place at Christ Church Cathedral, 1210 Locust, in Downtown St. Louis, just east of the Central Library. The benefit concert will feature traditional and bluegrass music by Lydia Ruffin and The Flying Mules. The cost is $20 in advance (call 241-5031) or $25 at the door. We’ll post a flyer for the event within the next few days.

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Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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