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Archive for December, 2014

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Friday, December 19, 2014

A Huge THANK YOU and a Fond Farewell to Claire Wolff

Today is Claire Wolff’s last day on our staff as Community Engagement Specialist at Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  Although we are very sorry to lose her, we are thrilled that she’ll still be in the neighborhood as a resident (and she has promised to put in some volunteer time with us!) - and we’re happy to know that she won’t be far away as she takes on her new duties as Grace Hill’s new Director of Community Development.

We really can’t say enough about how much Claire has contributed to the work of ONSLRG over the past two-and-a-half years - most importantly, the great outcomes achieved through her efforts.  We do have a lot of grant reports that spell this out, but there just isn’t enough space here for a comprehensive list.  And, since we’re heading out for one last staff gathering to bid her farewell and good luck on her new endeavors, we’ll consider this post to be just part 1 of our goodbye post.  Watch this space for an update later when we have time to fill in more detail and add more photos.

In the meantime, please join us in celebrating Claire’s work with us - and if you see her, tell her thank you for making Old North a better for all!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Holidays in Old North -TOMORROW- Sat., Dec. 13…Please Come Celebrate with Us

The biggest shopping day of the year (in Old North) is just about here.  Tomorrow, Saturday, December 13, is our annual Holidays in Old North Festival & Craft Market, and we invite YOU and everyone you know to join us.  The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in about a dozen different storefronts along the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street, just south of St. Louis Avenue, in beautiful Crown Square in the heart of Old North St. Louis.

Check out our Facebook event page (click HERE) for the latest updates on all of the participating vendors and activities - and be sure to let your friends know you’ll be attending.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Winter 2014 Edition of Old North Community News Is Out

If you live in Old North, you can watch for the latest edition of Old North Community News to show up on your doorstep any day now. If you’re outside Old North and won’t get a chance to pick up a copy from the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office or any the retail establishments throughout the neighborhood, you can read all the latest news by clicking on the photo below.

As you’ll see, the cover story shares ONSLRG’s plans for new houses on the 1300 block of Monroe Street.  Thanks to the approval of development gap funding from the City of St. Louis Community Development Administration, construction of 3 new homes could get started as early as spring 2015.

Since we’d like to get as many prospective buyers as possible pre-qualified for financing before construction gets under way, please help us in posting or distributing the flyer below. Click on the flyer to download a PDF version for printing or posting online.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mourning the Passing of Tom Tschetter, former ONSLRG Board Member, Expert Contractor & Rehabbing Guru

We were saddened to learn yesterday that former Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Board Member and Real Estate Committee chair, Tom Tschetter, has died.   All of us at ONSLRG extend our condolences to Tom’s wife, Susan.  Visitation is scheduled for Friday, December 12, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Grace & Peace Fellowship, 5574 Delmar Blvd, 63112, with the service at 10:00 a.m.

For many years Tom and Susan graciously opened their beautifully and painstakingly restored home on North Market Street for the Old North St. Louis House Tour - and it was always a "must-see" stop on the tour.

As ONSLRG's Real Estate Committee Chair, Tom was one of the select few who participated in a celebration on the evening when construction finally got underway (beginning with excavation for the foundation) for new homes at North Market Place in the spring of 2004.

As ONSLRG's Real Estate Committee Chair, Tom was one of the select few who participated in a celebration on the evening of the day when construction finally got under way (beginning with excavation for the foundations) for new homes at North Market Place in the spring of 2004.

As an expert carpenter and rehabbing guru, Tom was responsible for, directly involved with, or lent a hand in some way with numerous rehabs throughout Old North, including many Landmarks Association “Most Enhanced Award”-winning projects.  We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Tom for his mentoring of and assistance to countless rehabbers over many years, his service as an ONSLRG Board member and Real Estate Committee Chair, and so many other contributions as a volunteer, friend and neighbor.

In March of 2012, Tom and Susan, and their award-winning home, were featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch homes section, and as they always did, they took advantage of the opportunity to share their love for Old North.  Click HERE to see that blog post and for the link to the Post-Dispatch article and more photos of their home.

Tom, in the brown jacket and cap, was among neighborhood residents who volunteered their time on a bitter cold, January morning to board up vacant buildings so that they could survive the winter and later experience full historic rehabs.

Tom, in the brown jacket and cap, was among neighborhood residents who volunteered their time on a bitter cold, January morning to board up vacant buildings so that they could survive the winter and later experience full historic rehabs.

Tom will be sorely missed and appreciated for many years to come for the role he played in the revitalization of Old North.  If you ever find yourself driving through Old North admiring the phenomenal historic preservation that has taken place at so many homes, think of Tom.  No matter whose home you stop at, there’s a good chance Tom was involved in one way or another, whether as a contractor, volunteer, advisor, or friend.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Just 1 Week Away: Holidays in Old North Festival & Craft Market, Sat. Dec. 13

Get your holiday shopping list together, round up the kids, tell your neighbors, and start clearing out space in your vehicle of choice to load up on all sorts of cool gifts at the annual Holidays in Old North Festival & Craft Market on Saturday, December 13.  The fun-for-all-ages event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in several different inside spaces along the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street, in beautiful Crown Square in the heart of Old North St. Louis.

Did we mention the free photos with Santa?

Plus… food, music, children’s activities from the Magic House, and so much more!

Check out our Facebook event page (click HERE) for more info on the many vendors confirmed to be here - and to let your friends know you’ll be attending.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Media Buzz about Old North: from Post-Dispatch Coverage of Gina & Travis Sheridan’s Home to St. Louis Public Radio

If you missed the feature in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 15 about Gina and Travis Sheridan’s Wright Street home in Old North, don’t worry, there will no doubt be plenty more where that came from.  Gina & Travis recently closed on the purchase of the home they had been renting, thanks to mortgage financing from Midland States Bank.  And, long before they officially owned the home, they had already started spreading the word far and wide about how cool Old North is and have been active participants in numerous efforts to keep Old North moving in a positive direction.

The article in the Post starts with an opening line that sounds a lot like what we keep telling anyone who’ll listen:  ”Great things are happening in Old North St. Louis, thanks in part to residents like Travis and Gina Sheridan…

You can read the whole article by clicking HERE.  And to see the short video that accompanies the article, in which Travis proclaims that they live in “probably the best neighborhood in all of St. Louis” and where he gives credit to the work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, as well as the support from David Noble of Midland States Bank, click HERE.  And if you see Gina or Travis around the neighborhood, be sure to thank them for the wonderful things they keep saying about Old North.

But that’s not the only good press we’ve received lately.  Shortly before that piece ran in the Post, St. Louis Public Radio posted a story about the ongoing progress in Old North, which included comments and observations from longtime and newer residents and businesses in the community.

Among the individuals quoted in that piece were residents Joe and Susannah Eisenbraun, Phil Valko (both a resident and director of Washington University’s Sustainability Office), Dr. Annessa Blackmun of Blackmun Footcare, M.K. Stallings of UrbArts, Eric Woods of Firecracker Press, Veronica Holden (resident and owner of La Mancha Coffeehouse), Tom & Gloria Bratkowski, and Sean Thomas of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  Other neighborhood businesses, nonprofits, and amenities mentioned in the story included Crown Candy Kitchen, Kennedy’s Pet Shop, the Sustainable Land Lab projects (the Mighty Mississippians,  and Sunflower+ garden, the Chess Pocket Park, and the planned Bistro Box), Headhunters Barber & Beauty Salon, and the neighborhood’s many community gardens.

To read the whole story and to listen to brief clips of the interviews, click HERE or on the image above.

For more on media coverage of all things Old North, click HERE for our past blog posts on the topic.

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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