From EcoUrban Homes
CONTACT: Jay Swoboda, 314-231-0400 x4
ST. Louis â€“ Despite the recent ruling against Paul McKeeâ€™s plans for a $390 million TIF, strong neighborhood-based development continues to sprout up in many areas covered by McKeeâ€™s NorthSide Regeneration Zone. Building on increasing enthusiasm for urban, walkable neighborhoods with a close proximity to downtown, unusually strong development continues to unfold in North St. Louis.
Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, EcoUrban, and Habitat for Humanity St. Louis (currently the largest developer of single-family homes in the region), have all committed to completing projects of significant scope on the Near North Side.
EcoUrban is working with Alderwoman April Ford Griffin, the Regional Housing and Development Corporation (RHCDA), and Community Renewal and Development Inc. to develop eight new single family homes at 25th and Dodier. The homes will be built to the USGBCâ€™s LEED for Homes specifications and feature thoughtful urban design and efficient, green construction. Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, no stranger to LEED certification, is currently completing 17 new homes in Old North St. Louis. These homes feature a modern design and are tracking LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Additionally, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the transformational Crown Square Project, a 27-building project spanning eight blocks in the heart of North St. Louisâ€™ commercial district, is slated to be held on July 29th. By any measure, North St. Louis is undergoing tremendous redevelopment.
â€œWe are proud of our commitment in North St. Louis, remarked Kimberly McKinney, CEO of Habitat for Humanity St. Louis. â€œSince 2008, Habitat for Humanity St. Louis has invested $8.1 million towards new home development on the North Side with $5.5 million committed for 2010.â€
â€œItâ€™s amazing how much positive feedback weâ€™re receiving from the community up here,â€ said Sal Martinez, Executive Director of Community Renewal and Development Inc. â€œWith a common-sense approach, and a great green projects, itâ€™s easy to draw the attention of leaders and residents committed to making St. Louis a better place for families.â€
Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is consistently ranked in the top 30 of the leading 100 Habitat affiliates in the country, and is currently the leading housing developer in the St. Louis Metro Area. The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is a community-based nonprofit organization established to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of the community in a manner that respects its historic, cultural, and urban character. EcoUrban is a developer of efficient, affordable green real estate developments â€“ helping to create sustainable solutions for St. Louis.