Grant applications will be accepted until all funds are dispersed. Priority will be given to commercial property owners and/or commercial tenants on West Florissant Avenue (between Hudson Road and Hamilton Avenue) and Chambers Road (between Norfolk Southern Railroad Tracks and Vickie Place).
The program is being administered by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. Property owners and/or commercial tenants interested in making exterior improvements can apply by contacting SLEDP Recovery Coordinator Cordaryl “Pat” Patrick at 314.615.7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.The program is made possible by the St. Louis County Port Authority, which has contributed $500,000 for demolition, beautification and facade improvements in the Recovery Zone. Single-business owners may be eligible for up to $10,000 per property, while multiple-business owners could receive up to $25,000.
In addition, the Reinvest North County Fund is offering matching funds for property owners and/or tenants receiving funds through the St. Louis County Port Authority. The Recovery Zone includes three cities — Dellwood, Ferguson and Jennings — plus unincorporated areas in North St. Louis County.
D’s Place Banquet and Catering in Jennings is the first business to take advantage of the
Recovery Zone Facade Improvement Program. Located at 6805 West Florissant Avenue, D’s Place recently received a new awning, signage, windows, doors and fresh coat of paint.
“The partnership is thrilled to be involved with the vital work that is being done in the Recovery Zone,” St. Louis Economic Development Partnership CEO Sheila Sweeney said. “We are excited to stand with the business owners who are working hard every day to grow the region’s economy.”
The Recovery Zone sits inside the Promise Zone, which encompasses nearly 200,000 residents and 28 municipalities in St. Louis City and County. Established in 2014, it seeks to create sustainable strategies to mitigate issues like crime, poverty, racial disparities and disinvestment.
“The Regional Business Council is proud to support the businesses in the Recovery Zone,” Regional Business Council Executive Director Kathy Osborn said. “The RBC members and corporate leaders throughout the region have been very clear they want to help these businesses in every way they can. This is about St. Louis standing together.”