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Archive for May, 2012

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Congratulations to the Eisenbrauns & Severs for Winning Landmarks “Most Enhanced” Awards

Last night Landmarks Association of St. Louis presented their 2012 Most Enhanced Awards to the 11 properties in the St. Louis area deemed to have been the best rehabilitation projects completed in the past year (in addition to one other project this year that was an example of high quality new construction).  We are pleased to announce that 2 of the historic rehabs recognized last night were properties in Old North:

  • 1413-15 Hebert, owned by Dave & Debbie Eisenbraun, and
  • 3240 N. 19th Street, owned by Heidi & Ben Sever
Congratulations to Dave, Debbie, Heidi and Ben for all of your hard work, determination, and commitment to Old North!

Above:  the Eisenbrauns' property at 1413-15 Hebert

Above: the Eisenbrauns' property at 1413-15 Hebert

Old North resident Doug Corey, who served as general contractor on the Eisenbrauns' rehab, represented Dave & Debbie who were out of town and couldn't attend the ceremony.

Old North resident Doug Corey, who served as general contractor on the Eisenbrauns' rehab, represented Debbie & Dave, who were out of town and couldn't attend the ceremony.

Above: 3240 N. 19th Street

Above: the Severs' property at 3240 N. 19th Street

We’ve told the story here a few times before (including in this post from August 2008) about how Heidi and Ben rescued this crumbling pile of rubble from near extinction as a seriously deteriorated Land Reutilization Authority (LRA)-owned shell, but you can always read the whole story on their blog at www.3walls.net.

In accepting the award, both Ben and Heidi were very gracious in thanking all of the wonderful neighbors from Old North who came out to welcome them to the neighborhood and to help them on the very first day they showed up to clean out the rubble and debris inside the long-abandoned house.  And Heidi invited all attendees to come on out to see how cool Old North is these days.

Old North's awardees after the ceremony: Doug Corey (standing in for Debbie & Dave Eisenbraun) and Ben & Heidi Sever

Old North's award-winners after the ceremony: Doug Corey (on behalf of Debbie & Dave Eisenbraun) and Ben & Heidi Sever.

Congratulations again to this year’s winners!  With the addition of two more awardees, Old North has solidified its place as the neighborhood with the most “Most Enhanced” Award-winning projects as a percentage of total buildings (and that’s the story we’re sticking with until someone can prove us wrong) or at least the neighborhood with the most award-winning projects per capita!

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Scenes from another successful Old North House & Community Tour and Homegrown Festival

Thanks to all who made this year’s Old North House & Community Tour and Homegrown Festival such a great success, especially tour committee chair, Maria Falconer (who somehow managed to evade all photographers, and, therefore, is not seen in any of our photos of the big day).  If you’d like to thank Maria, though, one option for consideration is to just stop in and buy something at Maria’s Rambles Gift Gallery & Boutique at 2611 N. 14th Street or from her online shop, Rambles.com.

The Homegrown Festival, the street party portion of the event, brought all sorts of fun to Crown Square, including live music, dance performances, refreshing beverages and snacks, arts and crafts booths, information from a variety sponsors and community partners, and exhibits inside Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s Gallery.

It wouldn’t be a “House” and Community Tour without houses to show, and Old North specializes in a variety home sizes and styles.

One of the Habitat for Humanity Houses under construction at Clinton & N. 13th was on the tour.

One of the Habitat for Humanity Houses under construction at Clinton & N. 13th was on the tour.

Since Old North is also known for its gardens, of the private and community variety, we put those on tour, as well.

Tom Bratkowski had a chance to show the picnic table and benches he constructed for the 13th Street Community Garden.

Tom Bratkowski had a chance to show the picnic table and benches he constructed for the 13th Street Community Garden.

In addition to the music and dance in the streets, the day provided opportunities to demonstrate various other arts initiatives.

The Old North Gallery featured photography of Benjamin Evans, as well as ONSLRG's before and after shots of buildings brought back from the brink of demolition.

The Old North Gallery featured photography of Benjamin Evans, as well as ONSLRG's before and after photos of historic buildings brought back to life from the brink of demolition.

Neighbors and visitors had a chance to see inside Northside Workshop, the soon to open art center at 1306 St. Louis Avenue.

Neighbors and visitors had a chance to see inside Northside Workshop, the soon to open art center at 1306 St. Louis Avenue.

Nancy & Ken Kranzberg (center) were present to view the progress they made possible at Northside Workshop, with Juan William Chavez (left), the artist who will run NSWS, and Sean Thomas of ONSLRG.

Nancy & Ken Kranzberg (center) were present to view the progress they made possible at Northside Workshop, with Juan William Chavez (left), the artist who will run NSWS, and Sean Thomas of ONSLRG.

Contemporary Art Museum helped out with the opening of Northside Workshop, with Old North Grocery Co-op visible just across N. 13th Street from the new art center.

La Mancha Coffeehouse provided free cups of coffee to visitors to the tour.

La Mancha Coffeehouse provided free cups of coffee to visitors to the tour.

Always a favorite part of the day, free ice cream courtesy of Crown Candy Kitchen (with Norah Ryan handling the scooping duties).

Always a favorite part of the day, free ice cream courtesy of Crown Candy Kitchen (with Norah Ryan handling the scooping duties).

Perpetua Iron, a recently opened neighborhood business owned and operated by Old North resident Janet Sanders, was also on the tour.

Perpetua Iron, a recently opened neighborhood business owned and operated by Old North resident Janet Sanders, was also on the tour.

An example of the ornamental iron items produced in Old North by Perpetua Iron.

An example of the ornamental iron items produced in Old North by Perpetua Iron.

The best part of the tour, however, is the chance to share with the world the warmth, friendliness, and community spirit of the people who live and work in Old North.

For more photos of the big day, take a look at our album on ONSLRG’s Facebook page by clicking HERE.

In addition to Maria, the list of others to thank could go on and on, but we should acknowledge the following:

  • ONSLRG’s staff, Matt Fernandez, Jane Smith, and Sean Thomas;
  • practicum students Michelle Wiegand, Becky Bitzer, Sheila Galvez, and Jennifer Gray;
  • other planning committee members Vela Hermann & Thom Fletcher;
  • Nevels Nevels for huge investment of time in laying out the tour booklet;
  • Aida Rodriguez for bringing in the Lindy Hop and other social dancers;
  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and Ryan from UCBC;
  • Officer Moran & other officers from the 4th & 5th police districts;
  • Crown Candy Kitchen, especially Andy Karandzieff, for providing ice cream for all tour-goers and lunch fixings for the volunteers;
  • numerous volunteers from within Old North, or friends of Old North, including Keith Marquard, John Thro, Curtis Berry, Kate Feit, Norah Ryan, Tino Ochoa, Nico Leone and Dave Eisenbraun;
  • volunteer crews from Bank of America, FUEL for the City, and Step Up St. Louis!
  • the generous residents who opened their homes and business owners who opened their spaces for visitors to see all that Old North has to offer, including: Janet Sanders of Perpetua Iron, Vela Vm Hermann & Chris Goetsch, Ben & Heidi Sever, Ernie & Jeannie Stanley, Doug & Marg Corey, Barbara Davis, Habitat for Humanity, Matt Fernandez, Tom & Susan Tschetter, James & Luz Maria Cox, Claire Wolff, Camille Clingan, Juan William Chávez & Kiersten Torrez of NSWS, Old North Grocery Co-op, including Sarah Kate Buckles and Melissa Breed, and the 13th Street Community Garden;
  • La Mancha Coffeehouse for providing a free cup of coffee to tour visitors;
  • Event sponsors:
  • including Bank of America, Commerce Bank, Regions Bank, USBank, Reliance Bank, First National Bank, Duffe-Nuernberger Real Estate, M & I Bank (or BMO Harris), and Missouri Dept. of Agriculture;
  • And, finally, thanks go to St. Louis 3Wheel Taxi for stepping up at the last minute to provide shuttle service when our previous shuttle commitment fell through!

Thank you again to all who put in so much time and effort to make the day possible and all who attended.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Send This YouTube Link to Encourage Others To Come See Old North This Saturday

We’ve put together a brief, rapid-pace video of recent transformations in Old North as a way of enticing those who haven’t seen the neighborhood (or haven’t seen it in a while) to come on out to the Old North House & Community Tour this Saturday, May 19.  Take a look and please feel free to “like” it and send the link on to others if you think it conveys the dynamic pace and positive changes that have taken place in Old North over the past few years.

Thank you to Old North resident Joe Eisenbraun for allowing us to use his music in this video. For more about Joe and links to more of his music, check out our post from January 20, 2012.

If you’d like to pick up a pile of OId North House & Community Tour tickets to sell (or flyers or postcards to distribute), give us a call at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office at 314-241-5031.  Or if you’d just like to buy some tickets online via our secure PayPal account, click HERE.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Find the Pi Pizza Truck This Week to Support ONSLRG!

Our good friends who run the Pi Pizza Truck once again have decided to support the good work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group by donating 50% of their lunch sales to ONSLRG all THIS WEEK.  So, take a look at their schedule for this week and get yourself (and everybody you know!) to one or more (or all) of these locations:

Monday: Clayco - 11am

Tuesday: Wells Fargo Advisors (Beaumont & Pine) - 11am

Wednesday: American Red Cross (off Lindell) - 11am

Thursday:  Dielman Industrial Park (Olivette)  - 11am

Friday: Barnes Jewish Hospital / Wash. U. Med Center (on Scott, west of Taylor) - 11am

They’ll be serving these pizzas all week:

meat:

southside classico: sausage, green pepper, mushroom & onion

simply meat: sausage

veggie:

western addition: mozzarella, spinach blended with ricotta and feta, mushrooms, onions, and garlic

three cheese: mozzerella, fontina, parmesan

They’ll be serving these salads all week:

house salad: field greens, red bell peppers, red onions, crushed walnuts, gorgonzola cheese & tossed in a house made vinaigrette

bada bing: field greens, toasted almonds, gorgonzola cheese, dried bing cherries, with raspberry vinaigrette

For more information on the Pi Pizza Truck, visit: www.restaurantpi.com/truck/

And if you do pick up lunch from them this week, be sure to thank them for their support of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

1 Week to Go: Old North House & Community Tour and Homegrown Street Festival on Sat., May 19

We’ve come a long way in the past 30 years.  In May of 1982 Old North St. Louis Restoration Group held its first house tour, featuring 3 occupied homes and 2 vacant city-owned buildings available for purchase.

This year, the Old North House & Community Tour will feature 8 historically rehabbed homes, 1 historically-sensitive relatively new home, 1 historic home in the midst of a complete rehab, 1 LEED-certified new Habitat for Humanity home, a neighborhood business that produces wrought iron fencing & other ornamental iron, a Crown Square commercial space, the neighborhood grocery co-op, a produce-growing community garden, and a soon-to-open neighborhood art center in a rehabbed 19th century building. Among the stops on the tour are 7 properties that previously have been recognized by Landmarks Association with “Most Enhanced” Awards.  And, back by popular demand, one of the stops on this year’s tour will be one of the three homes featured on the very first tour in 1982.  Come on out to find out which one.

Tickets are available for purchase online by clicking HERE or they can be purchased in person at Rambles Gift Gallery & Boutique (2611 N. 14th), Crown Candy Kitchen (1401 St. Louis Avenue), Old North Grocery Co-op (2718 N. 13th) or Old North St. Louis Restoration Group’s office (2700 N. 14th Street).

Because Old North is a community that embraces and celebrates diversity, we have two different flyers for this year’s tour.  Feel free to right-click and save the flyer below for forwarding as an invitation to all of your friends, family, and colleagues.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ONSLRG Seeking Applicants for Community Engagement Specialist

The Board of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has approved the establishment of a new staff position to help the organization increase its capacity to engage community residents in ONSLRG’s neighborhood revitalization work and to support better collaboration and communication among the various organizations and agencies serving Old North.

Details about the new position and the application process are as follows:

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST

The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is a community based development organization, with a mission to revitalize the physical & social dimensions of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historic, cultural, and urban character.  Duties of this position include coordinating community engagement, planning & managing community events, and assistance with other community development projects that further ONSLRG’s mission. The Community Engagement Specialist reports to ONSLRG’s Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES

I. Social Outreach

Assist ONSLRG’s Social Outreach Committee with planning for and implementing community events to improve the quality of life and foster relationship-building among neighbors (i.e., National Night Out block parties or outdoor movie nights) and other programming to address issues of concern to neighbors (including planning bi-monthly Quality of Life meetings);

Help reinforce and support the agenda set forth by the Equifax Old North Collective Impact Group, including serving as a liaison to facilitate collaboration and communication among a diverse range of organizations and agencies working within or serving Old North;

Facilitate establishment of and communication with block units and neighborhood watch;

Plan and implement various outreach efforts, including door-to-door or house meetings to expand participation in or knowledge of ONSLRG programming, including North City Farmers’ Market, Old North Grocery Co-op, Quality of Life meetings, etc.;

II. Project Implementation & Management

Work closely with other staff to Plan and manage North City Farmers’ Market, including

  • Recruitment / coordination of vendors, volunteers, educational programming, and entertainment
  • Marketing / promotion of the market to various constituencies, including community residents (within Old North, as well as other nearby neighborhoods), and external audiences
  • Management of student interns who will help staff Farmers’ market

Assist with or coordinate various neighborhood development initiatives, including preparation of grant applications / reports;

Work closely with other staff/organizational partners to oversee implementation of other projects;

III. Project / Neighborhood Marketing

Coordinate marketing and promotion of ONSLRG events and programs (such as annual House Tour/Homegrown Street Festival) and assist other staff with marketing real estate, including use of online & social media;

IV. Community-based Planning

Work with other staff, outside partners, and community residents to identify & plan for new developments or neighborhood improvement initiatives (i.e., new community gardens, dog park, new business ventures, etc.).

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following characteristics:

Character / Attitude

Commitment to promoting revitalization and community development in Old North St. Louis in a manner that respects the urban, historic, and cultural character of the neighborhood;

Ability and willingness to work in an economically, racially and culturally diverse community;

Capacity to balance individual initiative and group or collaborative processes;

Willingness and capacity to work on wide variety of other tasks related to the workings of a non-profit, community-based organization.

Education / Related Job Experience

Experience working in community-based collaborative efforts;

At least two years experience or educational degree in community development, social work, or related field;

Supervisory experience preferred, since the position will involve supervision of interns;

Knowledge of and experience with urban neighborhood development issues, including community outreach.

Skills

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse constituencies, including program partners, community residents, investors, and committee and board leaders;

Familiarity with various community development & neighborhood stabilization agencies and related resources (or ability to learn programs quickly);

Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Ability to take responsibility for broad range of projects, including community events, comprehensive planning, and public health initiatives.

To apply for this position, send resume and two professional references by May 15, 2012 to:

ONSLRG, 2700 N. 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63106; or by email to: info@onsl.org

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is an equal opportunity employer

A downloadable, PDF-version of this notice can be found on the Staff page of the ONSL.org website or by clicking HERE.  Please forward this link to anyone you think might be a suitable candidate.

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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