September 21, 2021
To Our Downtown Community,
Many Downtown residents, businesses, and stakeholders share a focused theme of improving elements of security, infrastructure, and entertainment options in Downtown. The Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District (CID) shares these priorities and has been working to intertwine these pieces within our footprint by partnering with those whose objective is to revitalize Downtown St. Louis.
The City of St. Louis has made improving Downtown’s security a high priority with its recent creation of the Downtown Engagement and Public Safety Initiative. Members of Mayor Jones’ administration will join a diverse collection of stakeholders to collaborate on short-term and long-term solutions to matters of concern Downtown. CID Board Chair-Elect Laura Radcliff is representing Stifel and the CID on this task force. Additionally, CID Board Secretary LaShana Lewis is representing the Downtown Neighborhood Association. The task force will hold weekly meetings and report to the public on their developing strategies.
As you may know, the CID hired Captain Ron Johnson to conduct an in-depth analysis of Downtown’s security operations and coordinate solutions in conjunction with SLMPD. Captain Johnson has been meeting with numerous community leaders, Downtown property owners, and residents to obtain a clear understanding of the street-level activity and what plans are currently in place to mitigate them. Captain Johnson will provide his actionable plan to the CID Board this month, where the Board will determine next steps.
Another area in which key connections are being made is through the CID’s investment in the redevelopment of Seventh Street from Ballpark Village to Washington Avenue. This plan includes updating lighting and adding a bike path, trees, and other amenities between the two entertainment sectors.
The CID has also taken measures to enhance underutilized spaces through a partnership with Explore St. Louis and STLMade by installing a temporary art experience on the Jefferson Arms windows. Over 300 photographs were submitted from the public for this effort, highlighting some of St. Louis’ most cherished landmarks.
We are also happy to share that Lunchtime Live has returned to the Old Post Office Plaza! This Fall series will bring office workers outside to enjoy live music and a variety of food trucks. This weekly event, which began on September 15th, takes place Wednesdays from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. through November 3rd in collaboration with Greater St. Louis, Inc. We hope this event will not only activate a beautiful space within Downtown but also encourage networking amongst the community. These lunchtime events and the Jefferson Arms window installments were established in coordination with recommendations from the Design Downtown STL Plan.
Downtown St. Louis has presented pockets of opportunity for growth. By making connections and collaborating on forward-thinking initiatives we can collectively have a hand in improving the Downtown neighborhood. If you are aware of a proposal that may enhance our community, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Kelli J. McCrary