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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Open/Closed Conference Puts Focus on Opportunities for Development

The Open / Closed Conference this past weekend brought together an eclectic mix of urban enthusiasts, preservationists, neighborhood development advocates, academics, and developers to explore various issues related to vacant land in St. Louis.  Old North St. Louis Restoration Group was pleased to play host for the event’s opening reception on Friday evening and the closing reception on Saturday evening.

ONSLRG’s gallery at 2700 N. 14th Street was the setting for a standing-room-only crowd on Friday evening for the opening remarks by the event’s planners from nextSTL.com and Frontier St. Louis, followed by a presentation by Juan William Chavez, and clips from the soon-to-be-released documentary, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, along with the film’s producer, Paul Fehler, and former Pruitt-Igoe resident, Sylvester Brown, Jr. (shown in the second photo below).  Complimentary beverages were made available through the generosity of one of the newest microbreweries in town, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

With all of the interest in bringing development to vacant properties, this is a great time to point out that Old North is home to many historic buildings ready for purchase by individuals or developers with a commitment to preserving these buildings and capacity to carry out the job.  A full listing of properties available for rehabbers can be found on the Rehabbers page in the Real Estate section of ONSL.org - or by clicking HERE. Contact Matt Fernandez, ONSLRG’s Community Development Specialist, at 314-241-5031 or via matt@onsl.org to learn more about what’s available and how to go about preparing an offer or planning for a rehab.

The building at 1316 North Market is just one of many historic properties that are great opportunities for good rehabbers with commitment and capacity.

The building at 1316 North Market is just one of many historic properties that are great opportunities for good rehabbers with commitment and capacity.

ONSLRG stabilized and secured the building at 1300 Monroe, along with several others from the Land Reutilization Authority, so that it could survive long enough to be taken on by future rehabbers.

ONSLRG stabilized and secured the building at 1300 Monroe, after purchasing it and several others from the Land Reutilization Authority, so that it could survive long enough to be taken on by future rehabbers.

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