The City of St. Louis was awarded a $29.5 million in 2016 for the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for the Near North Side neighborhood. Located directly north of downtown St. Louis, the Near North Side is cut off from downtown by warehouses, vacant parcels, and the distressed Preservation Square project-based Section 8 housing development.

Prior to this award, the City of St. Louis was awarded a 2014 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, along with Urban Strategies, and their partners to create a plan to revitalize the Near North Side. Armed with their strategic, community plan and a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, the City and their partners presented a plan to create 695 new mixed-income housing units; repurpose historic but blighted properties into housing, retail, and commercial uses; increase access to loans for small businesses and homeowners; improve access to healthy foods; and offer evidence-based education and employment opportunities. 

To learn more about the NNS' Preservation Square History, Planning Grnat Initiative and/or the NNS Transformation Plan, please click the corresponding links below:

Preservation Square History

2014 NNS Planning Overview

2016 NNS Transformation Plan

To view our latest report, click "transformation update" below:



Lead Applicant

The Community Development Administration (“CDA”) promotes neighborhood growth and stabilization through community development and the production of new and rehabilitated housing, especially for low- and moderate-income people and households.

Contact: Laura Zacher, Project Coordinator

People & Neighborhood Coordination

Urban Strategies, Inc. is a national nonprofit with extensive experience in implementing place-based human capital development strategies in public housing communities that are undergoing comprehensive physical revitalization. We also serve as the neighborhood intermediary entity.


Dara Eskridge, Director of Operations, St. Louis

Nathan Ivy, People Project Manager


Housing Developer

We are guided by our central mission: developing and managing quality, sustainable, and opportunity-rich communities for families, children, seniors and veterans.

Contact: Emily Baron-Bernstein, Project Manager