The distressed housing targeted for the Choice Neighborhood Planning Initiative is Preservation Square (Formerly O’Fallon Place). Preservation Square consists of two project-based Section 8 housing complexes with 675 units of rental units in need of significant repair. Preservation Square is located at 14th Street and Cass Avenue within the severely distressed zip code of 63106.
Preservation Square (formerly O’Fallon Place) was designed in 1977 and the 675-unit apartment complex was completed in 1982.
A major planning effort took place in 1981-1982 to consider redevelopment of Pruitt Igoe and the Vaughn and Carr Square public housing sites located just west of the then new O’Fallon Place community. A lack of community consensus and support from the City for the plan, and for the Near North Side generally, left O’Fallon Place with a severe marketing problem. For the next 15 years, O’Fallon Place struggled to maintain occupancy and to maintain the property.
In the early 1990’s with the funding of the Vaughn Demonstration Program, there was a glimmer of hope for the flailing O’Fallon Place community. Within the next 5-years, the Carr Square site was renovated, and McCormack Baron, in partnership with the St. Louis Housing Authority, built the George L. Vaughn Residences at Murphy Park.
In 1999 McCormack Baron Salazar provided over $8 million in much needed renovations to the apartments and grounds including public improvements.Community residents participated in meetings to assist the developer in designing the renovation program.In 2013, O’Fallon Place was rebranded as Preservation Square.
Now, 16 years later, residents, stakeholders and planners have banded together to create a comprehensive community plan to strengthen the viability of the development while preserving the 675 affordable housing units.Through concerted coordination of local resources, Preservation Square is now the targeted housing for a Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant that will be used to develop a Transformation Plan that will improve the lives of children and families, and position the neighborhood as a thriving gateway to downtown St. Louis.
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