March 15, 2021
To Our Downtown Community,
As we reach the one-year mark since the coronavirus pandemic shut down cities around the world, we are beginning to see a bright light at the end of this challenging tunnel: new businesses are moving Downtown, restaurants are increasing occupancy capacity, and major entertainment venues are welcoming back visitors. Along with Downtown St. Louis’ progress, the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District (CID) has made numerous advancements this year. In an effort to share more of our day-to-day work, I will be sending monthly communications that will serve as brief summaries of current and upcoming CID activity.
Similar to other major cities across the nation, Downtown St. Louis area crime in 2020 was noticeably higher due to a variety of pandemic related challenges. However, according to the CID 2021 Crime Summary Report, overall incidents in our CID footprint decreased in February when compared to January. While there are numerous factors that contribute to this decrease, SLMPD’s resourcefulness is a key element in maintaining this downward trend. SLMPD collaborates with local law enforcement agencies across the St. Louis region, including the State of Illinois, to increase police presence and investigative capabilities in Downtown.
Captain Brent Feig, SLMPD 4th District Commander, diligently works to confront safety and security concerns within the CID; he sees the improvements and efforts first-hand. Captain Feig oversees crime-mitigating initiatives, including Mission Zones, a “50 Car”, Cruising Details, Sheriff’s Office Deployments, and Traffic Enforcement. The SLMPD continues its efforts and strategies to combat crime in Downtown and will continue to focus on collaborative efforts with all stakeholders. Our team meets with Captain Feig weekly to discuss any problem areas and collaborate with CID stakeholders to determine solutions.
On Thursday, March 4, the CID hosted a meeting with representatives from the St. Louis Fire Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Ameren Missouri, City of St. Louis Streets Department, St. Louis Development Corporation, Alderman Jack Coatar, and other CID partners to discuss a proposed infrastructure and beautification plan for the Downtown barricade installations. The assembled group reviewed initial plans and provided feedback based on impact to their respective operations. The CID is working with partner agencies and stakeholders to develop a potential pilot installation. The group will share further detail upon approval.
As many of you may know, the Cardinals will allow a limited number of fans to cheer on the redbirds from the stands, beginning April 8. As always, we will work with our partners to provide additional security when needed, coordinate infrastructure work, and maintain street-level cleanliness in preparation for an increase in visitors.
Lastly, I encourage all Downtown condo and property owners within the CID to sign and return your notarized petitions. By amending our current CID, we will continue to provide essential services to property owners and remain a strong advocate for our community.
We would like all residents, stakeholders, businesses, and employees to remain informed on the CID’s activities. If there is a topic you would like for me to address, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com. Our CID is more impactful with collaboration and an invested community. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing additional updates on our work.
Kelli J. McCrary