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Archive for December, 2007

Friday, December 28, 2007

3 Property Sales in One Day Mark Positive End of 2007

We’re a week late in marking the occasion, but December 21 was a banner day for Old North St. Louis. In yet another indication of the transformation in progress throughout ONSL, the neighborhood welcomed new owners for three properties last Friday, each with plans to bring something good to long-neglected buildings. After a long odyssey toward getting purchase/rehab financing, Shaun & Lyndsey Fosdick (see below) closed on their acquisition of 1506 Hebert from ONSLRG and are already in the midst of rehabbing their new home across the street from the Hebert Community Garden. ONSLRG was able to keep the house from falling into the hands of speculators by purchasing it last year with funds from a grant from Fannie Mae. Now, instead of becoming another absentee-owned vacant and deteriorating building, 1506 Hebert is getting rehabbed by a young couple who are contributing to the life and vitality of the community.

Just an hour later, the Lanes closed on their purchase of the vacant garage building at 1303 North Market (see below). The Lanes are in the process of moving from Kansas City to convert the former LRA property into the Lanes’ new home and Graham’s sculpture studio. Before they even completed their acquisition, Graham & his wife had already brought national media attention to ONSL through an interview in the January 2008 issue of Money Magazine (available at news stands now).

In the article, Graham describes how he and his wife decided to move to ONSL: “Thanks to a local blog we could tell there was a concerted effort from the whole neighborhood toward redevelopment.” The Lanes are another example of the growing creative community taking root in ONSL.

A few blocks to the north, a friendly outside investor purchased the former Someone Cares Mission property at 13th and St. Louis Avenue (see below). The new owner has been working with ONSLRG staff to identify opportunities to make strategic acquisitions that would support the community’s redevelopment agenda and has been in conversations with staff about future re-uses for the vacant building and adjacent lots.

After a full year of activity that included the launching of the $35 million redevelopment of the former 14th Street Mall and progress toward the stabilization of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home building, the real estate activity on Friday the 21st represents a fitting end to 2007 - and a sign of what we can expect in 2008!

Happy New Year!
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Crown Square Construction Update

Work on the transformation of the 14th St. Mall into Crown Square is now in full swing with demolition on both ends of the mall. Elsewhere on the site, buildings continue to span the spectrum. Some on Warren are just waiting for windows, others are still in the masonry and carpentry stage. Rough ins continue on several buildings as well as insulation and drywall. The weather lately has slowed progress a little, but things are still moving right along.

As always, more photos are available on our Flickr page in the Crown Square set. Newest pictures are first.












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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Scaffolding at Mullanphy

Yes, that really is scaffolding you see on the south end of the Mullanphy Emigrant Home. The Masonry Contractors Association will now be going up in the air closing up the openings with concrete block. This will hopefully take away the immediate threat to the building. However, there is still a long way to go on this project. All this work is doing is laying concrete block. Face brick and plenty more work is needed. To learn more about how you can help or just learn more about the Mullanphy Emigrant Home, head over to SaveMullanphy.org. The resources donated so far have been depleted to accomplish this work, so the preservation effort is very much in need of your help. Tell your friends and neighbors.

Check out more photos from yesterday as well as the last year and a half on our Flickr Page in the Mullanphy Set.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Crown Square Update

Exciting times continue in Old North St. Louis as the Crown Square project enters a new phase. Construction is spreading around the 14th St. Mall. Interior demolition is well underway in the Parks Building across from Crown Candy Kitchen and the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office, in full view of all the patrons. The interior of this building is being completely gutted, as it was destroyed by fire several years ago. Several more buildings will be starting soon as well.

On the rest of the site, framing continues as well as rough ins, brick work, and drywall. The two buildings on the 1300 block of Warren continue to receive finishes.

Check out more pics from today and previous update on our Flickr Page in the Crown Square Set.

Demolition in the Parks Building

Foundation for addition at 2826 N. 14th.

Buildings on the 2800 block of N. 14th

Parks Building




1300 Block of Warren, awaiting windows. Finishes are also being installed in these two buildings.

Rough ins

Brickwork on 1400 block of Warren.

Concrete on Blair

Stabilizing the south wall of 2605 N. 14th Rear.

Drywall is going in on St. Louis Ave.







WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

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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