By. Chris Stritzel
After the Facebook post caused on uproar and outpouring of hopes to get the building at 417 East Missouri Avenue in East St. Louis redeveloped, it now appears to be moving closer and closer to reality. I should know, I am on the team to see it become a reality. Things have been going on behind the scenes such as...
Most of these points have been completed but there still are some that need to be completed…
And while the process is still chugging along, it Is looking better and better everyday. Scottie Porter, of Historic Restorations Inc based in Fayette Alabama, is the primary developer on this project. I am a partner in all of this and am exited to be that.
When we sent out the RFP (Request for Proposals) on the exterior restoration portion of the project to 5 architecture firms, only two responded. Both Trivers and Killeen Studio significant interest in being part of this project, but only Studio Killeen is moving forward at this point. The deadline for the presentation of these plans is August 1st. All 5 firms we researched, had experience in historic restoration. Whether it be old houses or large buildings. We also wanted to give the firms a challenge by focusing solely on the façade of the Spivey first before working on the inside. In case you didn't know, the exterior of the building is crumbling and needs some attention ASAP which is why we only sent out the RFP for the façade restoration at this point. An interior design RFP will be sent out at a later date in private.
Which ever if the firms has the lowest cost, quality design will be selected as the architecture firm for façade restoration. The restoration of the façade would be to...
Scottie and I have full faith in these architecture firms, and hopefully the others if they respond soon, to deliver something remarkable that will truly be a beacon of East St. Louis. We will review over the plans and have a decision by the end of August (or potentially before) on who the architecture firm will be. At that time, applications for tax credits and TIFs will begin.
If the building is acquired by us after having meetings and what not, we will then move to set up temporary measures around the building to protect the public of falling debris. This part also includes removing the loosest pieces from the building and storing them till the restoration of the façade begins. This phase would also include the sealing of the building from intruders and the installation of a security system. We have a meeting set up with the East St. Louis Planning Commission and are working on one with the St. Clair County Economic Development Board (which is determined by the Planning Commission Meeting). The date of that meeting is to remain a secret at this point in time but it is in July.
One Last Thing...
In order for the new St. Louis Story to truly take place, we must work to preserve our buildings on both sides of the River. It strengthens our community while promoting our history. Follow the Spivey Building on Twitter and Facebook and, if you would like fill out the form below to state your support for the project! This is a community empowerment project after all!