- COMMUNITY BUILDING EVENTS
- NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION
- HISTORIC PRESERVATION
- HOUSING AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
- CELEBRATING HISTORY
- ARTS INITIATIVES
- COMMUNITY HEALTH INITIATIVES
Housing and Commercial Development
ONSLRG is committed to bringing a mix of housing types and retail and commercial services to Old North to meet the diverse needs of a growing population from all walks of life, including single individuals, couples and families, senior citizen retirees and college students in their twenties.
Crown Square [VIEW PROJECT]
The $35 million redevelopment of the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall represents the single largest investment in the neighborhood’s history and is transforming the highest profile section of the neighborhood. Re-branded as “Crown Square”, this mixed-use development brings both high quality rental housing and new commercial and retail services to Old North. With a total of 27 buildings undergoing historic rehabilitation, this project was one of the largest and most exciting neighborhood redevelopment projects in the city. In addition to breathing new life into the abandoned buildings along the former mall, this development has restored the 2600 and 2700 blocks of N. 14th Street as a drivable but pedestrian-friendly street. More than a dozen buildings on adjacent blocks were completed in 2009 as part of this project and are fully occupied.
For information on availability of apartments, contact the managers at 314-588-7267. For information about the commercial spaces, contact our commercial leasing agents at Duffe-Nuernberger, Susan Sauer at 314-571-7654, or click on the downloadable leasing information page along the right side of this page.
North Market Place Homes
To fill in the gaps left by years of demolition, ONSLRG worked closely with neighborhood stakeholders to craft a redevelopment plan for an 11-block area at the center of the neighborhood, with the initial focus around North Market Street. With a clear vision of a revitalized core in mind, ONSLRG reached out to the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA) to establish a joint venture development company to build new homes, consistent with the neighborhood’s historic and architectural context. With the first homebuyers moving in at the end of 2004, a total of 20 new homes have been built along North Market and Monroe.
North Market Apartments
In 2007, Landmarks Association of St. Louis presented one of their coveted “Most Enhanced” awards to a partnership of ONSLRG and RHCDA for the historic rehabilitation of 9 formerly dilapidated and vacant buildings spread over a 5 block area along North Market Street and Monroe Avenue. This $8 million project was completed in 2006 and produced 32 high-quality, affordable apartments.
Before work began in September of 2005, several of these buildings literally were crumbling into the street. Without this project, many would have completely collapsed, leaving the neighborhood with more vacant lots in the place of architecturally significant brick buildings. The nine buildings in this project are at 2213 Blair; 1423, 1424, 1436, 1440 and 1454 Monroe; 1211-15, 1304-08, 1400 North Market.
For information about rents or to get on the waiting list for future openings, contact the manager and leasing agent for the North Market Apartments at 314-588-7267.
Support for Home Repair & Improvements
Over the past several years, ONSLRG has partnered with outside agencies to help current homeowners stay in their homes, especially if limited incomes kept them from bringing their houses up to building and safety codes. Recent partnerships with UMSL, Catholic Charities Housing Resource Center, and the City of St. Louis Home Repair Program have provided low interest loans and grants, along with training for household budgeting and home maintenance. ONSLRG currently is working with UMB Bank to provide homeowners in Old North with home improvement loans with interest rates as low as 3% (for income-qualifying households) or 4 % for all others. Contact the ONSLRG office at 314-241-5031 or email us for details.
If you think you might be interested in learning more about Old North St. Louis, please contact us.