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