Old North has long been a focus of activity, activism, investment, and collaboration.  With the recent announcement of the NGA’s intent to locate in North City as well as the opportunity to win a HUD Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant,  a core group of service providers and stakeholders has stepped up to create an initiative that, while based in Old North, intends to serve a broader North City footprint.

EquifaxOld North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG), and Rise Community Development are collaborating with the Mo. Small Business Development Center, Veterans Business Resource Center, Magdalene House, and LinkSTL to provide services and support at a new center located at 2700 N. 14th Street, in the heart of Crown Square. Intentionally located directly across from Prosperity Connection, the non-profit wing of St. Louis Community Credit Union, the center will build on the tremendous work of Rise and ONSLRG but take on a strategic focus around Financial Capability for North City residents.

Services offered will include financial education, financial planning, small business training, mentorship opportunities, micro-lending & low-cost banking options. The center intends to serve individuals, families and non-profit partners. Equifax is in its fifth year of investment and support of the Old North/North City community. The new center represents a concerted investment effort to bring together partners underneath a Financial Capability umbrella.

The time is now to connect efforts and investments. The new center’s creation is in direct response to the needs and interests of the North City residents combined with the catalytic efforts by the City of St. Louis, Urban Strategies and other long-standing partners in the city of St. Louis.

Rise has played a crucial role in the ongoing revitalization of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood, including the building that will become home to the North City Business Development Center. The Crown Square development consists of the complete historic rehabilitation of 13 buildings on the two former pedestrian mall blocks, coupled with fourteen residential buildings adjacent to the mall area.  It includes 80 green built” mixed-income living spaces comprised of lofts, apartments, and live/work spaces, and 33,000 square feet of commercial space.  In total, Rise’s work in Old North St. Louis includes 132 homes (74 affordable and 58 market-rate), and 36,000 square feet of commercial space.

Please join us to celebrate the grand opening celebration at the new center on September 16, 2016, from 5 PM to 7 PM. All members of the community are welcome to attend.