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 have 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 this planning effort include an emphasis on community engagement, equity, and building an inclusive process and result, respectful of the area’s resident population. A successful Gravois-Jefferson Plan will guide community development efforts, be approved by the City of St. Louis Planning Commission, and formally adopted by the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen as an amendment to the city’s Strategic Land Use Plan.
How does the plan get adopted by the City of St. Louis as an official neighborhood plan?
Working with local aldermen and the City Planning Department, we will ensure that the Plan format complies with the official requirements for an adopted neighborhood plan. Once the Plan is developed, it will be brought before the Board of Aldermen and voted on. If passed, the Plan will become an official document and any future development in the area will be guided by the recommendations and visions set forth during this process.
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.
How will the process be representative of the overall community?
Under the guidance of the Steering Committee, we will work tirelessly to engage a broad and diverse group of residents. Through a variety of community engagement activities, we seek to engage with residents in creative and enjoyable ways so that this process can be a positive and effective experience for everyone involved.
What does Rise Community Development get out of this process?
Rise partners with communities to build stronger, more equitable St. Louis area neighborhoods. As a non-profit organization, it is our goal to work in partnership with local organizations and residents to foster vibrant and inclusive communities. This process aligns with our mission as an organization, and helps build the foundation for a strong future. Rise, along with DSCC and LDG, are also developers of high-quality, affordable housing; this planning process will help inform any future work we do in this area.
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