Sunday, August 15, 2010
This is long-overdue, but we’ve had our hands full recently tackling other business that had been put off while we were busy launching the Old North Grocery Co-op and finishing work on the Crown Square project. Nevertheless, by popular request - and better late than never, we now share some of our photos from the Crown Square Ribbon-Cutting Celebration and Street Party.
Since we invited all of our board members, staff, and residents to participate in the ribbon-cutting, we didn't get any photos of our own from the other side of the ribbon. This shot was taken by the St. Louis Beacon's photographer and used in their coverage of the event. Click below to read the Beacon's article.
We received a lot of good attention from various local media, including coverage on the day of the event in the Post-Dispatch and on St. Louis Public Radio (and we provided links to those stories in our July 29th post), on Channel 4 earlier in the week (click here for KMOV’s Good News 4 a Change segment with Larry Conners, even though they keep referring to “Crown Plaza” instead of Crown Square), and the St. Louis Beacon (and you can read their article by clicking HERE).
Mayor Slay was one of the speakers. He noted that his mother grew up nearby and expressed her amazement of how much the area has improved recently.
Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin also took the occasion to describe how this project wouldn’t have happened without an engaged community.
The presence of State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (between Mayor Slay and ONSLRG Board President Tino Ochoa in the photo above) was a demonstration of the importance of state support, including investments from the Missouri Housing Development Commission and state historic preservation tax credits.
- After the speeches, the crowd wandered down the street to celebrate the occasion and to partake in various street fest activities, such as Juan Chavez’s snow cone art booth.
As noted many times earlier, the Crown Square redevelopment has been a crucial piece of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s work over the past few years. ONSLRG’s mission is to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of Old North in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character. This project certainly touches on all of those elements, but more importantly, it is helping to re-connect all parts of the community as a stable geographic bridge between the northern and southern parts of the neighborhood, but also as a physical space where residents and visitors alike can gather and interact for community-building purposes.
Since this post is long enough already, we’ll have to dedicate space in another post to the long list of all who made it possible for ONSLRG and the Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance to initiate and complete one of the largest neighborhood revitalization projects in the City of St. Louis. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about opportunities to get an apartment or a commercial space at Crown Square, click HERE
for the links to the leasing agents, as provided in one of our previous posts
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