Thursday, August 20, 2015
As reported in the Old North Community News back in May, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Old North St. Louis for a new effort to help lay the groundwork for future development that respects the neighborhood’s historic character while also promoting environmental sustainability. EPA has contracted with a design team led by SWT to work with the City of St. Louis, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG), and other community stakeholders on this project.
Among EPA’s goals for the project: “to demonstrate how a neighborhood can protect, preserve, and rehabilitate its historic architecture while incorporating green features that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors; improve the community’s environmental conditions; put public investment to its best and highest use; and help revitalize the neighborhood, spurring additional economic and social benefits.”
Now, we’re at the stage when Old North residents, businesses and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to participate in the process. Next week there will be be three separate events designed to gather ideas, suggestions, and feedback from the community.
Tuesday, August 25: Full Day Public Charrette
….The charrette will bring together a diverse group of perspectives including experts in sustainable design, urban planning, economic development, architecture, and historic preservation with city officials and neighborhood residents and advocates. During the charrette, the design team and participants will explore a full range of strategies that will address the unique challenges of Old North and build upon the neighborhood’s historic character and recent development achievements.
Preliminary strategies and schematic designs will be presented to initiate dialogue on each of the project focus areas, potential interventions, and the overall neighborhood vision. The planners will facilitate focus group discussions on the following topics:
• Economic Development
• Perception, Brand/Identity
• Housing /Historic Preservation (Vacant Properties, Land Use, Form-Based Code)
• Transportation (Streets, Bike/Ped, Transit)
• Environment & Energy (Hydrology, Air Quality, Renewable Energy)
Although the charrette is open to all, space is limited, so advance registration is required. Register by clicking HERE.
Tuesday, August 25, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Public Open House
An Initial Public Open House will be held to initiate a community dialogue about the overall neighborhood vision and gather feedback about possible interventions. Preliminary design concepts will be on display and d planners will be available to answer questions and to hear your ideas. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Thursday, Aug. 27: 4:30-6:30 p.m. : Second Public Open House
A second Public Open House will be held on Thursday evening to enable interested residents and citizens to see how initial ideas have been modified to incorporate community feedback into design options for the project area.
All of the above events will take place at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery, 2700 N. 14th Street, STL, MO 63106.