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Monday, August 4, 2008

Transforming Vacant LRA Buildings into Rehabbed Homes

Coming soon: another transformation of a long-vacant property. Last week the Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) commission approved extending an option for the sale of 3240 N. 19th Street to a couple of young rehabbers. This project will be just the latest in a long series of LRA properties that have been taken on by individuals and community-minded developers throughout Old North St. Louis.

Three years ago, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group approached LRA with an offer to work with them on marketing and promoting the sale of LRA properties in Old North St. Louis. LRA agreed to post on their website the listing of available LRA properties north of St. Louis Avenue, along with guidelines for how to make an offer. Although some of the information is out of date, the Request for Proposals information page is still up on LRA’s website. In return, ONSLRG hosted a “Developers’ Fair” to bring the buildings to the attention of individuals and smaller developers and offered ONSLRG’s staff to assist prospective buyers. As the information online states, the first step in the process is to call the ONSLRG office to see what’s still available and to have a conversation about possible redevelopment plans.

Over the past 3½ years, approximately 60 households have moved into new or rehabbed housing units in Old North St. Louis at formerly vacant LRA properties. Many of these properties were purchased and developed by one of ONSLRG’s partnerships with RHCDA (including the North Market Place Homes, North Market Place Apartments, and Crown Square Apartments), but LRA has also sold buildings to individual rehabbers, especially in the northern part of the neighborhood. Among the former LRA properties currently in the midst of rehabs are:

1517-19 Palm (which obviously is still very early in its process).

3243 N. 19th - where two buildings are being rehabbed (right across the street from 3240 N. 19th), including one at the rear of the parcel (as shown in the first photo below) and one at the front of the parcel (seen in the second photo).

1303 North Market, where a former garage is being rehabbed for residential & artist’s studio space.2824 N. 14th Street (part of the Crown Square redevelopment)

2718 N. 14th (another Crown Square rehab).

And 2601-03 N. 14th (yet another Crown Square property).

If you’d like to learn more about LRA or other properties available for purchase and rehab in ONSL, contact Karen Heet via email at karen@onsl.org or call Karen at the ONSLRG office, 314-241-5031.

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