Why is it called the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan?
We worked with steering committee members to come up with a name that spoke to the history of the neighborhoods, while differentiating the project from past plan processes. We were inspired by the name of the historic district in the area: the “Gravois-Jefferson Streetcar Suburb Historic District.” While this is the name of the planning process, we are NOT suggesting this be a new name nor brand for the area.
Why this Area?
We worked for many months to determine the geographic focus area of this effort. Through conversations with residents, local organizations, and regional stakeholders, as well as preliminary data collection, we determined the planning area for the Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan to be bound by Gravois on the north, Jefferson on the east, Meramec on the south, and Grand on the West. The Dutchtown, Benton Park West and Gravois Park neighborhoods are among St. Louis City’s most densely and diversely populated communities. Shift in market demand, major development opportunities, community interest/resolve/leadership, and a newly elected public official created opportune timing for a renewed planning effort.
Below average home sale prices and high levels of vacancy render the area vulnerable to unplanned, inequitable development, yet poised for highly coordinated, comprehensive planning. Core values of the planning effort included an emphasis on community engagement, equity, and building an inclusive process and result, respectful of the area’s resident population.
Does the City have an actual comprehensive plan?
The last comprehensive plan for the City of St. Louis was passed into law in 1947. However, the City does have an updated Strategic Land Use Plan that will help guide our recommendations. More information can be found here.
I have a project idea that aligns with the plan. How can I get involved?
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