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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crown Square to Receive National Preservation Award

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group and the Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance will receive the National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the Crown Square redevelopment of the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall.

The National Trust will recognize the Crown Square development and present the award at their National Preservation Conference in Austin, Texas, next week.  The announcement of the awards to be presented next week has been posted on the National Trust’s website and includes the following assessment from Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

“In Old North Saint Louis, there’s a new spirit of achievement and optimisim.  The rehabilitation of this vibrant, diverse neighborhood is creating jobs, spurring additional revitalization and demonstrating there’s no building that’s more green or more sustainable than a historic building given new life.”

For more information about the award, click on the following link to the webite of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The story has already started receiving coverage from local media, including a report by Rachel Lippmann on St. Louis Public Radio, and an article in the St. Louis Beacon.  

Among the reasons that the Crown Square redevelopment has been attracting national attention is the fact that many of the buildings were crumbling into the street before being rescued and transformed into attractive spaces that now provide mixed-income housing for 80 households and providing commericial / retail spaces that are attracting new businesses to serve the community.

2423 Blair before redevelopment.

2423 Blair after redevelopment.

2423 Blair after redevelopment.

2712 N. 14th before redevelopment.

2712 N. 14th after redevelopment.

2712 N. 14th after redevelopment.

2601-2607 N. 14th Street before redevelopment.

2601-2607 N. 14th Street before redevelopment.

2601-2607 N. 14th after redevelopment.

2601-2607 N. 14th after redevelopment.

2822-2830 N. 14th before redevelopment.

2822-2830 N. 14th before redevelopment.

2820-2830 N. 14th Street after redevelopment.

2820-2830 N. 14th Street after redevelopment.

Just about all of the 27 historically rehabbed buildings have been finished for more than a year now, but the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street haven’t been opened to automobile traffic yet because the street lights aren’t installed yet.  Today, however, installation of the light poles began, which means the street will be opened, once and for all, in the very near future!  Some of these posts are visible in the photo at the top of this post but can be seen better in the photo below.  Stay tuned for more news on that front.

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