Archive for February, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

5 Houses For-Sale in ONSL Will Be Open Friday Evening

In yet another demonstration of ONSL’s diverse range of housing options, you can take a look at 5 homes that are for sale in different parts of the neighborhood on Friday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Three realtors with listings in ONSL - Circa Properties, McAvoy Realty and ReMax Results - have joined forces to host an evening of open houses.

As their promotional materials put it, the event is designed “to offer an opportunity to experience what the Old North St. Louis neighborhood is all about: diverse living options in an inspirational, redeveloping neighborhood on St. Louis’ near north side! With downtown visible from many homes’ doorsteps, the ONSL neighborhood is the place to be, and now is the time to learn more and select your new home before the secret’s out of the bag! the Old North St. Louis neighborhood is all about: diverse living options in an inspirational, redeveloping neighborhood on St. Louis’ near north side! With downtown visible from many homes’ doorsteps, the ONSL neighborhood is the place to be, and now is the time to learn more and select your new home before the secret’s out of the bag!”

Houses open Friday evening include two recently completed homes at North Market Place, 1319 and 1331 North Market, and three historically rehabbed homes at 1208 Hebert, 1412 Hebert, and 2833 N. 14th.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Crown Square Open House Saturday

You are cordially invited to an Open House of the first Crown Square Apartments to be completed and available for rent.

This Saturday, March 1st, from noon to 2 pm, 1310 Warren and 1314 Warren will be open to the public. Come be part of this momentous event!

Crown Square, the redevelopment of the former 14th Street Mall, is recreating the “town center” of the community with 80 historic loft, apartment and “live/work” units, and 33,000 square feet of commercial space on the former pedestrian mall and adjacent streets.

The $35 million comprehensive revitalization includes the re-opening of 14th Street from Warren to St. Louis Avenue, re-connecting this local commercial district with the surrounding neighborhood. The development will also include the installation of new street and pedestrian lighting, public green spaces and landscaping, and a “transit plaza” that will facilitate ease of use and transfer of vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and public bus transportation. The development will enhance the “walkability” of the neighborhood and solidify the goal of maintaining economic diversity in the community.

The redevelopment of the former 14th Street Mall area will complement other rental and homeownership developments that RHCDA and Old North St. Louis Restoration Group have recently completed in the neighborhood, all of them contributing to neighborhood residents’ vision of a true mixed-income sustainable community.

For more information on residential leasing options, contact Todd Whiteaker at CAMCO at (314) 220-3432 or

For more information on commercial leasing options, contact Susan Sauer of Duffe-Nuernberger Realty at (314) 571-7654 or

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Crown Square Project Update

The winter weather continues to slow exterior work, but interior work is progressing quickly on the Crown Square project. Four units on the 1300 block of Warren are very close to occupancy (the units open Saturday, detailed in the above post), with many more making quick progress. Masons, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tapers, and more can be found all over the Crown Square site.

As always, many more pictures are available on the Old North St. Louis Flickr Page in the Crown Square Set.

View of the Arch from 14th St. just north of Warren.

View of the arch and 14th St. from the 2800 block of 14th St.

Looking north on 14th St from the middle of the 2600 block.
Work along the 1400 block of Montgomery.

Historic stairway in 1310 Warren.

Rear side of 1308 Montgomery. Windows are in place and mason is working on east side.

Kitchen inside 1310 Montgomery.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Scenes from ONSLRG’s Annual Meeting & Pot-Luck Dinner

We’re about a week late on this report, but it’s worth sharing anyway…

Despite the cold and icy conditions on Monday, February, 11, a large crowd of ONSL residents and friends gathered at Confluence Academy for Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Annual Meeting & Pot-luck Dinner. ONSLRG board members and staff presented the organization’s plans for 2008, while the community took the opportunity to enjoy a meal with old and new neighbors. Also on the agenda was a celebration of the past year’s achievements, including the start-up of construction at the Crown Square redevelopment, the inaugural season of the North City Farmers Market, and the wave of new neighbors and rehabbers throughout the neighborhood, from North Market to Hebert.

Neighbors and friends lined up to enjoy their fill of home-made casseroles, desserts, and various other dishes.

Alderwoman April Ford Griffin provided an update on development activity throughout the Fifth Ward, including an announcement about plans for significant improvements at Jackson Park.

Members of ONSLRG elected Board members for the 2008-10 term, including returning Board Members John Burse (presiding over the meeting in the photo above), Johnnie Owens, Tino Ochoa, and Phil Valko along with a new Board member, Kathryn Bentley, a homeowner in one of the new North Market Place homes and an assistant professor in the Dept. of Theatre & Dance at Southern Illinois Unversity-Edwardsville.

On Feb. 18, the newly elected members of the ONSLRG Board met with their fellow Board members who were elected last year for the regular monthly Board meeting. At that meeting, John Burse thanked the Board for the opportunity to have served the organization over the past several years and announced his desire to let somebody else take the reins. The board elected Tino Ochoa as President and John Burse as Vice President (so that he could hang around and assist with the transition) and voted to keep Johnnie Owens and Phil Valko as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Friday, February 15, 2008

Crown Square Construction Update

While the weather continues to be cold and stormy, progress on Crown Square has pushed on. Interior demo has progressed to more buildings, and the carpentry, masonry, and mechanicals crews have quickly moved in. Some of the units on Warren are nearly completed, needing only finishing touches.

You can see a bunch more photos from Tuesday and the entire project on our Flickr page in the Crown Square Set.

Renovation Progress on the former mall.

View down the 2800 block of N. 14th toward the north end of the former mall.

View of one of the kitchens on Warren.

Tuckpointing progress at St. Louis and Blair.

Framing inside the Peter’s Dry Goods building (& former JCPenney’s).

Buildings on Warren getting closer to completion.


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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