Stephen Acree, Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance

April 1, 2009

In March we talked to Stephen Acree, Executive Director and President of Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA). During our interview, we discussed the new stimulus package and the St. Louis region. We’ve featured Mr. Acree in the Community Voices section of our site, and to see the rest of Mr. Acree’s clips CLICK HERE.

In this video, Mr. Acree talks about how the stimulus package will impact development in our region.


Living St. Louis: Crown Candy

March 24, 2009

Ruth Ezell visits the Crown Square development project in North St. Louis City. The area located on 14th Street in the Old St. Louis Historical District was a once popular commercial area that lost its prominence, but is now being restored. Life-long resident John Bratkowski shares the street’s history, and Ezell speaks to community members and developers alike who are working together to help re-make the area, including Stephen Acree of the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance, the organization that put together the funding for the project and is overseeing the construction. From now on it will be known as Crown Square, named after the old and popular Crown Candy store that is located there. Though the process had been long, neighborhood residents and developers are equally enthusiastic.

St. Louis Beacon: East-West Gateway to play major role in economic stimulus funds…

February 10, 2009

 The St. Louis Beacon just published a story with good news for East-West Gateway Council of Governments. According to the report they will be the recipients of federal dollars from the economic stimulus package. They will be responsible for distributing these funds to local counties and municipalities for various initiatives. You can read the full article by clicking here.

Stephen Acree, Executive Director and President of the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance, talks about the uncertainty of the current economic stimulus proposals and what they mean for his organization:

It seems that significant amounts of funding for transportation-related projects will only be available through East West Gateway and there is a very short window of opportunity for applications.  At this time we are uncertain what the timing constraints will be for obligation of funds–the House version says 120 days, while the Senate version says 1 year for local projects, and this will probably not be decided before the EWG applications are due.  We assume, though, that projects that can start faster will likely have a better chance of being funded. 

RHCDA has also received funding from East-West Gateway Council of Governments on other projects:

The streetscape enhancements we are doing for our Crown Square development in Old North St. Louis are being funded in part through a $1.5 million Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant through East-West Gateway that we applied for when we were planning the development.

Organizations looking to apply for this funding should click on this link to get directed to the East-West Gateway application website.

Crown Square Revitilization

October 28, 2008
October 28, 2008

As we continue this running narrative we, here at KETC, want to continue to show some of the positive things that are going on in the community. One way we will do this is through highlighting some of the good work of our community partners. In the past we’ve talked about the work of organizations like Beyond Housing, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, and Catholic Charities. Today we are focusing on the work of another partner.

One of our 25 community partners is the Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance (RHCDA). RHCDA is a nonprofit organization that creates and supports the alliances that make smart, sustainable neighborhood revilitization possible in the St. Louis region.

One of the projects they are working on is revilitizing the Old North St. Louis Crown Village. The cornerstone of this development is Crown Square, which according to the website:

is at the center of the Crown Village revitalization, recreating the “town center” of the community with the historic rehab of 27 buildings into 80 historic loft, apartment and “live/work” units, and 34,000 square feet of commercial space on the former pedestrian mall and adjacent streets. The $32 million comprehensive revitalization includes the re-opening of 14th Street from Warren to St. Louis Avenue, reconnecting this local commercial district with the surrounding neighborhood. The development will also include the installation of new street and pedestrian lighting, public green spaces and landscaping, and a “transit plaza” that will facilitate ease of use and transfer of vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle, and public bus transportation. The development will enhance the “walkability” of the neighborhood and solidify the goal of maintaining economic diversity in the community.

To learn more about RHDCA clink here and to learn more about the Crown Village Development click here.

Below is a google map representation of the area Crown Square development area.