Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Visible Evidence of Progress

Crown Square
As reported earlier, the financing for the complete redevelopment of the former North 14th Street Pedestrian Mall is a done deal. Work on the residential component started in August, and over the past week, ONSLRG and our development partners at RHCDA closed on the financing for the mixed-use component, which will make it possible for the historic rehabilitation of almost every building on the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street for commercial space and market-rate apartments. The first sign of actual construction at the commercial side of the Crown Square redevelopment took place today with the removal of the Park’s Drug Store sign from the building at 2718-20 N. 14th Street. The landmark sign will be kept in storage and re-installed upon completion of the building.

Meanwhile, 11 blocks to the south, masonry contractors have begun laying concrete block along the south opening of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home building. This work is just the latest demonstration of ONSLRG’s commitment to stabilizing and preserving the storm-damaged anchor of the Mullanphy National Register Historic District. The work underway right now is made possible by significant contributions of labor, equipment, and supplies from the Masonry Contractors Association. All of this work, however, required major expenditures for extensive foundation rebuilding, insurance, taxes and other repairs that have totaled more than $75,000 to date. Since these expenses have exceeded our financial contributions, we still could use additional donations. Please consider supporting this worthy endeavor with a donation (by clicking on the button along the right column or by visiting for more details).

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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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