By. Chris Stritzel
Over the past couple of days, I have been in contact with Debbie Monterrey of KMOX Radio about the state of Developments in St. Louis City. As I have previously stated, 2018 is the year the New St. Louis Story Began and that story is beginning to emerge on a much larger base than previously thought. News organizations can see it happening whether it be new development news or other things that improve our image as a City. In Debbie's case, she lives near Tower Grove Park where the recently named best street in America, South Grand, cuts through several neighborhoods that have or are experience change that hasn't happened in decades.
Tower Grove South is seeing MOFO, a 26 unit apartment project designed by JEMA at Morgan Ford and Connecticut Street in Tower Grove South, that replaces a eyesore car wash. On South Grand, the old YMCA is being torn down for a 100 unit apartment building which brings South Grand's development closer to Midtown. Overall, her neck of the woods is doing well. One of the things I mentioned in the back and forth with Debbie is how The Grove is rebuilding themselves. I specifically said, "They are literally rebuilding themselves. The Grove of a decade ago looks nothing like the one of today. Abandoned houses, vacant lots and eyesores are being built on which gives the Grove its own skyline and new-urban feel. Projects like Chroma, 4101 Manchester, Arbor on Arco, 4400 Manchester, The Grove South, Adams Grove and Core at Newstead have and will drastically alter the Grove and make it new again."
Over all, I predicted the future of development in the city and made a bold prediction that new development would move away from the Grove and Central West End to Downtown within the next decade. But the Grove and Central West End are running out of space for new development and you do not want to demolish people's homes for a new high rise because that is not what the new St. Louis Story is about. What it is about is bring the community back to St. Louis. Downtown has tons of vacant lots and parking lots that can and will be built on in the future. We will see new development downtown because of how the number of abandoned buildings is diminishing as well. There is demand downtown, but that demand will truly skyrocket once abandoned buildings are taken care of.
The New St. Louis story is being recognized nationwide was Vogue Magazine and the New York Times raved about St. Louis' affordability and culture. It is that kind of coverage that St. Louis needs to truly be rediscovered by developers and investors across the nation. We will be rediscovered but that will only happen once a bite of our crime is taken out and I have faith that Chief John Hayden will work hard with the community and politicians to make St. Louis safer in all categories. Once that is done, the new story will be in full force. But back on track.
Besides being featured in KMOX, I have been in contact with other news stations and radio stations in St. Louis who want to know more about the "New St. Louis Story" in particular. No word yet on a day when that may be released but quite frankly, it is great to see the media report on the good in St. Louis, which will lead to a domino effect. I thank KMOX and Debbie Monterrey for the story mention and I look forward to the future of St. Louis.
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