Thursday, October 2, 2008

Crown Square Progress (& Meeting Roundup)

On Tuesday evening Old North St. Louis residents, neighborhood stakeholders, and prospective Crown Square commercial tenants gathered inside the former Parks Drug Store building to hear about the progress at Crown Square.

Among the speakers addressing the audience were Andy Karandzieff (above) of Crown Candy who discussed his excitement about Crown Square, as a 3rd generation business owner and a neighborhood resident; Alderwoman April Ford Griffin; and Susan & Paul Sauer of Duffe-Nuernberger Realty who reported on the growing interest among business owners who are considering locating at Crown Square (such as the two prospective restaurant owners attending the meeting). The Sauers reported that we have received a reservation to lease space for a fashion boutique and serious interest from several other businesses. One of the goals of the meeting was to share information about the various resources that could help businesses locating at Crown Square and neighborhood residents interested in jobs at Crown Square businesses. Above, Ken Riddick of SLATE (St. Louis Agency on Training & Employment) explains the assistance available to job seekers.

Meanwhile, the construction up and down 14th Street is moving forward and transforming the stretch of formerly crumbling vacant buildings into magnificently restored historic buildings.

In addition to the commercial spaces along the street, many of these buildings will have apartments upstairs, and many of these will offer incredible views. Below is the view from the south-facing windows of one of the apartments at 2600 N. 14th Street.

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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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