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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rain Postpones Land Lab Groundbreaking But Can’t Dampen Enthusiasm & National Exposure

Due to the drizzly weather today, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Sustainable Land Lab project has been postponed until a later date.  Watch for details later on the re-scheduled date.

Despite the rain, work crews from some of the Land Lab projects were on-site today to begin transforming the empty lots into attractive and functional demonstrations of positive re-uses of vacant land in the city.

The Mighty Mississippians crew was willing to brave the elements to begin planting on the lot at 13th and Montgomery.

The Mighty Mississippians crew was willing to brave the elements to begin planting on the lot at 13th and Montgomery.

The Bistro Box team installed a signboard to show visitors what will be coming to the northeast corner of 13th and Montgomery.

The Bistro Box team installed a signboard to show visitors what will be coming to the northeast corner of 13th and Montgomery.

Although the ceremonial kick-off didn’t happen, that hasn’t stopped the buzz and outside interest in the project.  Yesterday the American Public Radio program, Marketplace, broadcast a story about the Land Lab on public radio stations across the country (including St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 FM).  Click on the image below (or HERE) to read the text version of the story or to listen to the story online.

Thank you to St. Louis Public Radio reporter Adam Allington for getting this story out to the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, at the corner of N. 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue, work is being completed on a major upgrade to the Crown Square plaza space across the street from Crown Candy Kitchen.

Made possible with financial support from Equifax Foundation and the Regional Business Council, the project was planned and coordinated by Rebuilding Together St. Louis.  Volunteer crews fromScottrade and Equifax put in a lot of labor over the past few days to achieve these great improvements.

With covered outdoor seating, we look forward to attracting some of the customers at Crown Candy who just can’t wait for a table inside and other visitors to the community.  And, the covered stage area will also be a great amenity for our live music and other performers who come out to the North City Farmers’ Market and other events throughout the year.

Thank you again to all of the volunteers, Equifax, Scottrade, Rebuilding Together St. Louis, and all who contribute their time and resources to help us beautify and improve Old North!

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"Rain Postpones Land Lab Groundbreaking But Can’t Dampen Enthusiasm & National Exposure"

Frank says: April 28th, 2013 at 5:18 am

Plant more TREES!!!!!!!!!
Reforest part of the city and do some good. There is essentially no maintenance costs;
Accept the fact that many of these lots will nevere be sold or developed.

DONATE LOTS NEAR SLU to the University and get those lots off the back of the tax payer.

admin says: April 29th, 2013 at 7:04 am

Thanks for your comment, Frank. Although we also support the planting of more trees (and actually did that in tree lawns recently, as shown in our April 19th blog post), the Land Lab in Old North was designed to be a 2-year project, not a permanent re-use of lots that ARE likely to see development interest in the near future. Old North is a neighborhood that has seen a lot of development in recent years and a sizable (28%) population growth over the past decade, so there is a real likelihood that these lots will be sold and developed in the not-too-distant future.

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