Springtime always brings new life to a neighborhood and this year is no dif- ferent. Over the next few months residents will see activity in a number of locations
throughout TGE. First let me share the good news the neighborhood recently re- ceived word that the Tower Grove East Na- tional Register Historic District was official- ly listed by the National Park Service on March 27, 2013. This represents the culmi- nation of years of work and is great news for the neighborhood. Our buildings are now eligible for state and federal rehabilitation tax credits. Please spread the word as these tax credits can greatly facilitate develop- ment. More information will be posted soon on the Missouri Department of Natural Re- sources website and to access links for addi- tional information go to the TGENA website at http://towergroveeast.org/
Some development projects are already in the planning stages or underway. Two long vacant properties located on McKean are being rehabbed utilizing 15th Ward Housing Development Funds. 3500 McKean will be two rental units and 3433 is a for sale pro- ject. Rubicon is the developer for both of these projects. Also scheduled for major work is St. Pius School building on the 3500 block of Utah. Catholic Charities will be making a $4m investment and plans on
moving a number of its offices to this loca- tion.
In the 8th Ward a long awaited project will be underway at 3455-57 Wyoming (at Ar- kansas). See an article elsewhere in the newsletter outlining this condo project. Two other locations that are drawing a lot of at- tention for possible new projects are the sav- ings and loan building at Juniata and South Grand and further east in the 3400 block of Juniata some interest has been expressed regarding a new construction project where the stable fire occurred last summer.
Moving north work has begun on Grove East Provisions at Arsenal & Minnesota, a new store and cafe opening in June. This new shop will offer fire brick oven baked artisan breads, local produce, meats and other of- ferings to tempt your palate. Another new venture at 3000 Minnesota is Brick City Farm, an urban farm focusing on produce which will be available at Grove East Provi- sions. The farm is the brainchild of Chris Shearman who operates the Gelateria on South Grand. Their website is www.brickcityfarm.com.
For those of you who are already TGENA members I thank you for your support and for those that haven’t joined yet – what are you waiting for? Stay in touch with us to continue to get these neighborhood updates. Good things are happening!
-Ann Auer, TGENA President