Friday Live Chat

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It’s back, the Friday Live Chat. You know what to do – just use the comments section below. We’re open from 2-3pm today:

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  • STLrainbow

    What exciting things are going on in Dutchtown?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Well, let me first say that Dutchtown is a huge neighborhood – nearly 16,000 residents. That makes it the same size as Clayton. So…there’s a ton going on. Oh, and the Dutchtown South Community Corporation (where I’m the executive director) covers the neighborhoods of Dutchtown, Mount Pleasant, Marine Villa, and Gravois Park. That’s 28,000 people.

      So…what’s going on: The Gravois-Jefferson planning effort is big. Here’s the website: http://gravoisjeffersonplanning.org/. And here’s a commentary by city Treasurer (and mayoral candidate) Tishaura Jones about the effort: https://goo.gl/Q5QfJp. DSCC is doing the public engagement for the process in collaboration with Rise. The aim is for the plan to be adopted as the official city plan for the area.

      DSCC earned a $120,000 EPA grant (yep, we’re still getting it and work is underway). More info on that here: https://goo.gl/TEHlHJ. We were one of just 10 organizations across the country to receive the award.

      There are traffic studies underway in the 25th and 20th Wards, and Trailnet has a calm streets project in the planning stages for Louisiana Avenue: https://goo.gl/nupOYB.

      There’s also an ongoing effort to establish a CID along Virginia/Meramec/Grand. It’s led by the Downtown Dutchtown group (http://dt2stl.org/). We should know soon if the signature effort has been successful.

      Lutheran Development Group is working toward its Chippewa Park project. It’s a rehab of 16 vacant buildings surrounding Chippewa Street. The project will use low income and historic tax credits. A Chippewa Park II project may be coming soon. This is the group that did the Fox East project: https://nextstl.com/2014/09/fox-park-2/.

      St. Mary’s High School has made big investments in its campus in the last year or so and has big plans moving forwards. Rumors regarding Cleveland High School continue to swirl – hopefully something comes of it soon. The Charless House project is getting close to finishing.

      As you travel the streets in the area, the challenges are obvious, but so is the amount of rehab work going on. DSCC is redeveloping 3211 Osage as a single-family for sale home and we’re looking at other homes in the area to redevelop.

      There’s more, but I’ll stop for now!

      • STLrainbow

        good stuff!

        • Alex Ihnen

          Thanks for asking!

  • Michael B

    Of the mayoral candidates, who do you think has the best development plan for the region? Not trying to get a political endorsement, I’m more interested in knowing whose development plan looks the most promising and realistic to you (and Richard Bose, if he’s around).

    • Alex Ihnen

      That’s tough. And I don’t know. In very general terms, a candidate excited about and dedicated to the city’s entry into St. Louis County, a merger, or whatever, is appealing. A candidate that would demand regional up/down votes on regional issues is appealing. Truthfully, I don’t know who that candidate is.

      • Michael B

        Thanks for your reply and your reasons why. I myself am still deciding, as I’m not sure which candidate I can see leading St. Louis, as a cohesive region, into the future.

  • Frank Absher

    Yes, I’m unrealistic in many ways, but I still cannot wrap my brain around the expectation that a private owner (soccer, Ballpark Village, etc) would literally expect the taxpayers to pay a large portion of his development bills so he can make money off the property. A loan I could understand. but the sense of entitlement really sours me on casting a “yes” vote on this stuff.

    • Alex Ihnen

      I guess the best, most honest pro argument is that this isn’t any different than other businesses or developments. We subsidize job creation, job relocations, historic preservation, parking, etc.

  • tony

    So what are the chances the pedestrian/hamster tube looks half as nice as the renderings for the Armory over 64?

    • Alex Ihnen

      Not to be pessimistic, but very near zero. Renderings for things like that never quite show what the final project will look like – and it’s going to change significantly. But, it’s always great to dream and explore possibilities!

      • tony

        I figured. Are there any building requirements for the design? I know the last one wasn’t covered, but it would certainly be nice for the new one to be at least partially protected from the noise/exhaust. Can’t imagine it would be too fun walking over the highway to the Foundry for lunch, etc.

        • Alex Ihnen

          The biggest challenge will be getting approval from the FHWA. Putting a pedestrian tube/walkway between levels of a federal highway will take time.

        • stlnative

          I’ve actually seen many great ideas for it. Great, realistic ideas. The hamster tube you see is a cut and paste Photoshop render, definitely not something that was ever considered as a design. Just more of a example of what it could be.

          I’m not so sure what MODOT’s design requirements are for highways, but I think enclosed is preferred. Unfortunately idiots like to throw things from bridges.