April 15, 2021
To Our Downtown Community,
It is evident that Downtown St. Louis is a resilient, determined community that continuously invests in itself through forward-thinking initiatives and distinguished designs. As a community, we welcome feedback and utilize it to build additional assets for those who enjoy our urban area. We are fortunate to have a collection of architects whose diverse plans are unfolding this Spring.
While the CID may not lay physical building blocks, we have constructed numerous programs that focus on maintaining a stable Downtown core. Many of the CID’s programs highlight aspects of public safety, including the Residential Safety & Security Workshop that offers guidance on personal safety awareness to CID residents and the Downtown CID Safety Officer Program which hires off-duty SLMPD officers through The City’s Finest to work secondary patrols and accompany pedestrians throughout the CID upon request. Additionally, the CID will implement the City-adopted Design Downtown STL plan’s recommendation of reinstating the Downtown Guide Program by the end of the month. We look forward to restoring this CID-led initiative and enhancing Downtown’s pedestrian experience.
The collaborative efforts from Great Rivers Greenway, Gateway Arch Park Foundation and the St. Louis City Parks Department also caters to improving urban areas with the development of the Visitor Services & Maintenance Building in Kiener Plaza. This structure will serve as a station for on-site security, support events on the plaza, and provide visitor information and gifts. Construction begins at the end of April and is scheduled to be completed by late August. During this time, the parking spaces on Chestnut St. between 6th St. and 7th St. will be unavailable.
A dynamic STLMade non-profit, Pocketparks, is redeveloping and activating underutilized neighborhood spaces to provide enhanced recreational areas. Pocketparks will host a pop-up event at their inaugural park at 923 Locust St. in Downtown St. Louis, May 14th – 16th. Visitors will see a glimpse of the space’s future with temporarily installed artwork, greenery, lighting, frisbee bays and more. Organizers plan for this newly established space, DUC Park, to be fully operational this summer.
I am thrilled to see the many forms of development taking place in Downtown St. Louis. Our community is taking initiative and working to regain the positive momentum felt throughout Downtown prior to the pandemic, something that can only truly be accomplished when we work in partnership. I look forward to further sharing Downtown’s advancements, next month.
Kelli J. McCrary