On January 3, 2008 the Urban Affairs Committee hosted its first meeting of 2008. Our guest speaker was Irving Blue the Executive Director from the FPSE Community Development Corporation. He had a great presentation complete with a maps of the neighborhood, renderings of a new pedestrian friendly Manchester and information on several new construction developments.
At the corner of Taylor and Chouteau, there will be a 200 unit market rate rental development. At the intersection of Newstead and Chouteau, Saaman Corporation will be developing 28 market rate town homes starting in the 200’s. Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation will be developing nine-high density town homes. The footprints of each town home will only be 15 feet wide but each will have three stories.
The neighborhood recently received a 2 million dollar grant to upgrade infrastructure on Manchester to create a more pedestrian friendly environment. There is an additional $500,000 to improve the street scape between Oakland and Manchester. And there will be a new median between the Science Center and SLU-High marking the entrance to the neighborhood.
The Grove is really taking off in terms of commercial and retail opportunities. The Executive Director said he was expecting four new restaurants to open in the next few months. He did not mention any names, but said it would all be published in the neighborhood’s upcoming newsletter.
Despite all the coming development there are still opportunities to buy and renovate property in the neighborhood. Race Course Avenue is one example. The photo below is a view of Tower Grove Avenue from Race Course looking toward Manchester. Race Course itself is a short dead end side street just north of the intersection of Vandeventer and Tower Grove Ave.
FPSE has come a long way in the last five years and it doesn’t look like its going to stop anytime soon!