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Friday, September 26, 2008

The Growing Buzz About Crown Square

If you’d like to learn more about the progress being achieved at the Crown Square redevelopment of the former 14th Street Mall, please come on out next Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. (see below for details).One of the reasons for holding the meeting on Tuesday is to encourage neighborhood residents to sign up with SLATE so that they can be on the job referral list when new Crown Square businesses start hiring. SLATE will have representatives on hand to explain the training and job readiness programming that they can offer to prospective employees and for prospective businesses looking for workers. With some of these prospects getting very serious about signing a lease, we want to make sure that everybody is aware of the incentives and support available. At the same time, we want to offer the community a chance to get an update on how the 27-building development is progressing. Consequently, the meeting will take place in one of the commercial spaces nearing completion, the old Parks Drug Store building at 2718 N. 14th Street.

Even though that space isn’t quite ready yet, we already hosted an event there on Sept. 16 when an organization called Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) held a lunch program that featured a presentation on Crown Square.
With approximately 130 attendees enjoying the lunch, guest speakers Stephen Acree of RHCDA and Sean Thomas of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group discussed how the Crown Square project came about and how it fits into the comprehensive revitalization in progress throughout Old North.Meanwhile, we’ve been keeping busy providing a lot of tours of the development for a wide range of interested parties. Last week, we hosted a visit by Pete Ramsel, Executive Director of the Missouri Housing Development Commission, State Senator Joan Bray, and State Rep. Jeanette Mott Oxford. Among other recent visitors were groups from Crossroads School, Enterprise Community Partners, the Lawrence Group, Mackey Mitchell Architects, and the Society of Design Administrators.

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