Partnership for Downtown St. Louis
The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis serves as the catalyst for creating and promoting a vibrant downtown—a nationally celebrated asset that attracts investment and economic activity at the hub of our region.
The Partnership also manages the Downtown St. Louis Community Improvement District (The CID
) that provides enhanced services to make downtown St. Louis a cleaner, safer and more vibrant place.
Partnership for Downtown St. Louis Initiatives
The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis serves as the catalyst for creating and promoting a vibrant Downtown—a nationally celebrated asset that attracts investment and economic activity at the hub of our region. New initiatives in 2012 include:
- Continuing to advance the Downtown Next, the 2020 Vision for Downtown St. Louis
- Convened and managed focused workshop in November 2011 to identify key initiatives related to Downtown Next that could leverage the greatest results short term
- Operated the Downtown Bicycle Station under contract with the City of St. Louis, building additional support for the facility and a stronger biking community
- Successfully advocated for the expansion of the Downtown Trolley to begin providing service on Sundays beginning in June 2012
- Created and managed special events and arts programming at the Old Post Office Plaza through Downtown Now! grants
- Hosted several key events to highlight and encourage investments in Downtown, such as the Joint BOMA Luncheon, Partnership Golf Tournament, Annual Police District Awards, Annual Meeting and more
- Advocated and worked with City Hall and Police officials, for the removal of homeless and other illegal encampments
- In an effort to position Downtown as the region’s sustainability leader, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis has implemented a two year pilot composting program titled “Project Compost” that will take place Downtown St. Louis between 9th and 14th of Washington Avenue. The initiative focuses on a partnership of 16 restaurants working together to provide environmental stewardship through waste reduction and composting as a catalyst for demonstrating and implementing additional sustainable practices. The primary goal of Project Compost is to divert over 1500 tons of organic food waste from our landfill per year, totaling a waste diversion goal of 3000 tons over the two-year life of the pilot project. Upon completion of the two year pilot project, our goal is to encourage participating establishments to advance the composting and recycling process independently.
- Actively engaged stakeholders on key corridors such as Washington Avenue, 7th Street, and 12th Street to look at opportunities to re-define the street through streetscape improvements, traffic calming, etc.
- Secured funding through the Community Improvement District and private donors to finance needed streetscape design plans along Washington Avenue between 6th and Memorial Drive
- Advocated to the City of St. Louis’ Treasurers Office for new meter technology that will allow patrons to use credit cards
- Worked with the City of St. Louis to competitively select a consultant for a HUD-Sustainable Communities Grant funds for a multi-modal access study to help improve Downtown’s walkability and connectivity, and to study the viability of removing the elevated section of I-70
- Continued to monitor legislative matters, particularly related to any activity on Historic Tax Credit reform or changes
- Conducted Membership satisfaction surveys to stay in tune with our members