In early 2006, the East West Gateway Council of Governments launched the St. Louis Great Streets initiative with the intention of expanding the way communities think of their streets. Rather than viewing a roadway project as solely a way to move more vehicles faster, the goal of Great Streets is to trigger economic and social benefits by centering communities around interesting, lively, and attractive streets that serve all modes of transportation.
It is with tremendous excitement that we officially announce that Bevo Mill was chosen as the recipient of the 2018 EWG Great Streets grant. The $500,000 Bevo Great Streets project will be an implementation-focused planning effort with the goal of better positioning Gravois Avenue to be an economic and community development engine for the Bevo Mill neighborhood.
Farr Associates, a Chicago architecture firm with extensive neighborhood planning experience, will serve as project consultants and leaders. The work of Farr Associates will be guided by a Steering Committee made up of neighborhood leaders and relevant city and state officials.
This project is a game-changer for the neighborhood. It has the potential to establish the foundation of Bevo Mill development and improvement for the next 5, 10, 20 years. If we get this right, the vibrant Bevo Mill neighborhood we dream of is inevitable.
But the success of this project hinges on extensive community engagement including several community workshops and meetings. The first of these community meetings will be held on January 12, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Oasis International (5035 Gravois). It is imperative that, as a community, we engage and participate in this project, and communicate our hopes and dreams with the consultants and experts at EWG and Farr Associates. They can’t help us achieve our dreams if we don’t tell them what they are.
So, PLEASE, share this information with everyone you know, mark your calendars for Jan. 12, and DO NOT MISS THIS MEETING!