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Archive for July, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

North City Farmers’ Market Continues to Add Flavor to Old North Every Saturday Morning

Although KSDK-TV (Channel 5) reporter Ashley Yarchin didn’t quite capture the crowd at its peak in her news story about the market last week, the North City Farmers’ Market continues to draw Old North residents and healthy-food hungry customers from surrounding neighborhoods every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.  Come on out tomorrow morning to pick up your fresh produce and show your support for the market while getting a chance to enjoy the tasty samples prepared on the spot by Chef Euylan Welch and the great sounds of this week’s featured musician, Bob Reuter.

By the way, if you’ve got some time to contribute, contact market master Sarah Pritchard at sarahpritchard@yahoo.com.

You can watch the full report below:

 
For more information about the market, contact the North City Farmers’ Market project coordinator at: lucas@northcityfarmersmarket.org.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Now’s Your Chance to Become a Part of “One of the Country’s Best Revitalization Stories”

Recently we used this space to celebrate the achievements in preserving and breathing new life into historic buildings throughout Old North (see post from July 4) - and once again, Kaid Benfield of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC, picked up the message and shared our story with the rest of the world.

Kaid Benfield's latest post about Old North on July 6.

Kaid Benfield's latest blog post about Old North St. Louis on July 6 draws the attention of his readers to the progress at Crown Square.

In previous posts over the past year or so, Benfield, the director of NRDC’s Smart Growth Program, has referred to Old North as “one of the country’s best revitalization stories” and described the neighborhood as “the very antithesis of sprawl.”

Now YOU can get in on the action, become a part of the community, and keep the neighborhood’s momentum going all at the same time.  Last week the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group released a Request for Proposals for the purchase and redevelopment of six (6) vacant, historic buildings in the North Market area of Old North St. Louis.   The full details of this RFP can be found in the Rehabbers page of the Real Estate section of the ONSL.org website, where you can download the RFP and see a listing and photos of all of the properties:http://onsl.org/rehabbers/.

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group purchased these properties from the City of St. Louis with the purpose of stabilizing them before they deteriorate any further or completely collapse.  Since the ideal scenario would be to get these properties into the hands of legitimate rehabbers who have commitment and resource to preserve the buildings, ONSLRG would like to give rehabbers or developers the chance to purchase them before ONSLRG spends significant funds on stabilization.  If serious offers do not get submitted by August 14, ONSLRG will begin work on the buildings and offers to purchase after that date will be expected to cover those stabilization expenses.

With this offer, you can get a limited edition Old North historic property and customize it to create your dream home.   The following buildings are just three of the historic properties available through this RFP:

The building at 1312 Warren is in the Crown Square redevelopment area and is sanwiched between two other buildings that have already experienced complete historic rehabs.

The building at 1312 Warren is in the Crown Square redevelopment area and is sandwiched between two other buildings that have already experienced complete historic rehabs.

The little building at 1217 North Market should be small enough to make it more manageable and affordable for an individual rehabber. The house is between a new North Market Place home and one of the nine buildings part of the North Market Place Apartments development that won a "Most Enhanced" Award from Landmarks Association two years ago.

The little building at 1217 North Market should be small enough to make it more manageable and affordable for an individual rehabber. The house is between a new North Market Place home and one of the nine buildings part of the North Market Place Apartments development that won a "Most Enhanced" Award from Landmarks Association a couple years ago.

At first glance, the building at 1300 Monroe may appear to be challenging, but we have plenty of experienced rehabbers in Old North who can share their expertise and make referrals to reputable contractors.  Besides, this building features a nice view of the Arch, straight down 13th Street and was featured in the New York Times a few years ago.

At first glance, the building at 1300 Monroe may seem a bit challenging, but we have plenty of experienced rehabbers in Old North who can share their expertise and make referrals to reputable contractors. Besides, this building features a nice view of the Arch, straight down 13th St., and was featured in the New York Times a few years ago.

To learn more about these properties and the process for making an offer for one or more of them, download the RFP from the Rehabbers page.  If you would like to make an offer or have questions after reviewing the information included in the RFP, call ONSLRG’s real estate development coordinator, Karen Heet, at 314-241-5031, or send her an email - karen@onsl.org

If you’re not up for taking on a rehab project, you can still help out by sending ONSLRG a contribution to help cover the rather hefty costs of stabilizing these buildings.  For this option, call executive director Sean Thomas at 314-241-5031 or send him an email - sean@onsl.org.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

A Holiday Celebration of Real Revitalization in Action

In honor of the Independence Day holiday, let’s take a moment to celebrate the very real successes that have come forth from citizens working together to create and pursue a vision for their own community.  This has been the case in Old North St. Louis in recent years, where the community has crafted and led several different but coordinated neighborhood revitalization initiatives with the support and investment of resources from numerous partners who respect the importance of the people and existing assets of the community.

The results of this approach are undeniable and can be seen throughout Old North St. Louis.  The following before & after photos provide just a sampling of the very real achievements of the Crown Square revitalization, a redevelopment currently in progress that represents the fulfillment of the community’s desire to preserve and develop the irreplaceable historic buildings that have been long-neglected, while also providing high quality, mixed-income housing and bringing back commercial and retail services.

If you happen to run into family or friends at a holiday gathering, or strangers at a fireworks show, and someone questions whether anything positive is happening on the north side of the city, please feel free to refer them to this site where they can see for themselves the great things happening in Old North St. Louis.  Or better yet, invite them to join you for lunch at Crown Candy where they can see all of this up close and in person.  In the meantime, have a safe and happy 4th of July!

WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

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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