Archive for March, 2008

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

St. Louis Magazine Shines Spotlight on ONSL Again

The April issue of St. Louis Magazine is out - and once again the good editors at that fine publication have pointed their spotlight in our direction. As part of their annual “real estate round up” (as the front cover describes it), there is a whole page dedicated to Old North St. Louis in a section on “The Next Neighborhoods.” The introduction by Thomas Crone notes that “we dialed up a range of real estate insiders across the region and asked what neighborhoods we’ll be hearing - and speaking - more about in the coming years. Here are seven.”

The article includes a nice plug for this very blog; mentions the $35 million redevelopment of the 14th Street Mall (Crown Square); refers to the “interesting blend of new housing and historic structures;” and even describes ONSL as “the intriguing North City neighborhood,” which they also declare “a bankable bet, with a mix of old-timers and energetic newcomers making the nabe click.”
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Commercial Space for Lease at Crown Square

No, the spaces designated for commercial & retail tenants are not quite ready yet, but the good folks at Duffe Nuernberger Realty are on the job recruiting businesses to locate at Crown Square. Yesterday workers installed the commercial leasing sign at the St. Louis Avenue end of the former mall, right across the street from all of those people lined up outside of Crown Candy.

So, if you have a business or know of a business that you think would be a good fit for the heart of the dynamic urban village being established just north of Downtown, get in touch with Michele Duffe, Susan Sauer, or Paul Sauer at the numbers on the sign (as shown in the photo below).
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Community Appreciation for Crown Sq. Construction Workers

Members of ONSLRG’s Social Outreach Committee hosted a “winter warm-up” coffee & snack break today as a way of showing the community’s appreciation for all of the laborers working for E.M. Harris Construction Co. and their numerous sub-contractors at the Crown Square redevelopment. Above: Social Outreach Committee members Johnnie Owens, Eric Turner, Natasha Ramey, Luis Agosto-Ortiz, and Carole Gates greeted the workers at the building undergoing renovation at 2619 N. 14th Street.
Below: ONSLRG Real Estate Development Coordinator Karen Heet (in the yellow hat) with Essence (enjoying her spring break) and her mother Kathryn Bentley in the blue hard hats.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Mullanphy in the Post-Dispatch for St. Patrick’s Day

Matt Hathaway’s column in today’s Post-Dispatch makes a good case for preserving the Mullanphy Emigrant Home, especially since many of today’s St. Louisans with Irish ancestry can trace their presence in St. Louis to the hospitality dispensed at Mullanphy. The column includes a challenge to the Ancient Order of Hibernians who run the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown to match the generosity of the committee that runs the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Downtown St. Louis. The Downtown parade committee contributed $3,000 to the cause last year. Click HERE to see the online version. The paper copy includes the historic photo of Mullanphy from 1867 and a map.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Sunday, March 16, 2008

Saturday Night in Old North

Another gathering of neighbors and friends this past Saturday in Old North St. Louis…

Sunday, March 16, 2008

It’s that time again…

The line has stretched out the door at Crown Candy Kitchen over the past few weeks as chocolate lovers from throughout the region have converged on ONSL’s most famous landmark. As we head into the last week before Easter, be prepared to get to Crown early if you want to pick up your supply of chocolate bunnies or to try one of Crown’s legendary chocolate Easter monkeys. Tim Ezell of Fox 2 St. Louis filed his annual Easter Monkey story from Crown Candy last week.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

3 Days & Many Sides of a Comprehensive Revitalization

The past few days have offered glimpses into several aspects of the comprehensive revitalization under way in Old North St. Louis.

A crucial piece of the positive transformation of Old North St. Louis into a dynamic and sustainable neighborhood involves the residents working together to address and resolve the types of issues that affect all communities. ONSL takes this approach through a number of community-building events and activities which allow residents to get to know and build relationships with each other and through Quality of Life meetings held roughly every other month.

On Thursday evening, residents and stakeholders of the neighborhood gathered at North Market Apartments community space for the February Quality of Life meeting facilitated by North Market Place homeowner and ONSLRG’s newest Board member, Kathryn Bentley. Those in attendance heard from Kabrina Forrest, Coordinator for the Family Court Juvenile Division’s Neighborhood Accountability Boards, an innovative, community-focused response to juvenile delinquency. Kabrina reported that ONSL doesn’t have enough incidents of juvenile delinquency to qualify for a new N.A.B., but residents can support and become a part of other Boards that have been established in other neighborhoods. Also on the agenda were updates from the residential and commercial leasing agents for Crown Square, and a report from Kathy Woodard, the city’s Neighborhood Stabilization Officer assigned to ONSL.

Above: Kabrina Forrest discusses Neighborhood Accountability Boards

On Friday and Saturday, the focus shifted to attracting new residents to add to the neighborhood’s diverse and active population. With an open house for new and rehabbed homes for sale on Friday evening, and an open house for rehabbed apartments at Crown Square on Saturday, ONSLRG continues to support efforts to offer housing options for anyone desiring to be a part of the community, regardless of their stage in life and position along the economic spectrum.
Above: visitors to 1412 Hebert admire the kitchen.

Another key component in ONSLRG’s rebirth is strong leadership by residents of the neighborhood, and that was evident over the past few days, as well, with Board members out in force at all three events, to meet their neighbors, greet prospective residents, and share their enthusiasm for the neighborhood.

Above: ONSLRG Board Member Nate Sprehe & his wife Kathy stopped by several of the open houses to show their support.

Below: CAMCO leasing agents Todd Whiteaker and Valerie Henry showed prospective renters around 1314 Warren while ONSLRG Board Secretary Johnnie Owens and member Kathryn Bentley were on hand to answer questions about the neighborhood.

Above: ONSLRG Board President Tino Ochoa and newest Board member Kathryn Bentley outside 1314 Warren.

Below: Karen Heet, ONSLRG’s Real Estate Development Coordinator, greeted visitors at the apartment at 1310 Warren and answered questions about the neighborhood and the Crown Square development.

Below: ONSLRG Board Treasurer Phil Valko stopped by to see the apartments and put in a few good words about the community.


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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