The North Central Plan is a community-led visioning and strategic planning process which will be completed in Spring 2021. The process, and thus the final plan, will be based on extensive community engagement. The final plan will be called the North Central Plan. It will include: a Statement of Core Values and Community Vision; plan goals; and identified projects, programs and actions. A separate implementation plan will also be developed.
The foundation of the planning process will be an asset-based approach. The key asset is the members of the community – the people. Other assets include: schools; churches; all the institutions within the Grand Center Arts District; medical facilities such as the Veterans Administration Hospital; and social and human support organizations. The community will first focus on its strengths and opportunities to create a shared vision for the future that includes their aspirations and will show results.
The North Central Plan will be submitted to the City of St. Louis for adoption in 2021 for final adoption. When adopted, the community will engage in direct implementation planning and process.
The boundaries of the planning area run east on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive toward Compton Avenue from North Newstead Avenue. At North Compton Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive it travels south on Compton to Olive Street. The southern boundary of the area runs west on Lindell Boulevard from Olive Street to Vandeventer Avenue, north to Delmar Avenue. Heading west on Delmar Avenue to North Newstead Avenue, the edge of the border turns north to Martin Luther King Drive.
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Project Area Snapshot
5,547 residents (52% female and 48% male)
52% are 29 and younger
70% residents are black and 22% white, plus 8% Asian population
24% have a household income under $29,999
The Deaconess Foundation has formed a Steering Committee to help guide the planning process and to center community decision making. Committee members include: neighborhood leaders; Deaconess Foundation leaders; and United Church of Christ Church Building and Loan Fund leaders; and city and institutional partners.
|Judith Arnold||Vandeventer||Steering Committee Member|
|Medina Brown||West Belle Block Unit||Steering Committee Member|
|Yvonne Carter||Lewis Place||Steering Committee Member|
|Heather Caudill||AIM Development Group||Steering Committee Member|
|Alderwoman Marlene Davis||19th ward||Steering Committee Member *ex–officio|
|Rev. Dr. Patrick Duggan||UCC Church Building and Loan Fund||Steering Committee Member|
|Audrey Ellermann||Covenant Blu Neighborhood Association||Co-Chair|
|Alderwoman Dwinderlin Evans||4th Ward||Steering Committee Member *ex–officio|
|Hence Forland Jr.||Windsor Transitional Homes||Steering Committee Member|
|Rev. James Glasco||Greater Union Baptist Church||Steering Committee Member|
|Alana Green||St. Louis Housing Authority||Steering Committee Member *ex–officio|
|Erica Henderson||Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being||Steering Committee Member|
|Melina Higbee||UCC Church Building and Loan Fund||Client Team Member|
|Sharlene Hill||West Belle Block Unit||Steering Committee Member|
|Byron Johnson||Covenant Blu Neighborhood Association||Steering Committee Member|
|Cathy Knight||West Belle Block Unit||Steering Committee Member|
|Rev. Susan Mitchell||UCC Church Building and Loan Fund||Steering Committee Member|
|Angie Morris||LaPlace Enrichment Center||Steering Committee Member|
|Barbara Murphy||West Belle Block Unit||Co-Chair|
|David Nehrt-Flores||Deaconess Foundation||Client Team Member|
|Steven Readye||West Belle Block Unit||Steering Committee Member|
|Kayla Reed||Action St. Louis||Steering Committee Member|
|Rich Simmons||Grand Center Inc.||Steering Committee Member|
|Rev. John Smith||Scruggs Memorial CME Church||Steering Committee Member|
|LaWonda Smith||West Belle Block Unit||Steering Committee Member|
|Alderman Jesse Todd||18th ward||Steering Committee Member *ex–officio|
|Cheryl Walker||Deaconess Foundation||Steering Committee Member|
H3 Studio, which is a St. Louis interdisciplinary design, research and planning firm, has been hired as the consulting firm for the North Central Plan. The firm will be responsible for turning the community’s vision into a plan that can be implemented.
Joining the H3 team is Vector Communications, a minority-owned St. Louis-based engagement and communications consulting firm. Vector is leading the overall communications and outreach strategy.
Action St. Louis, a regional grassroots racial justice organization, helps build capacity for political power in the Black community. They create campaigns to transform Black communities through; communication, advocacy, and direct action.