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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.

Planning Area

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. 


Click here to see the planning area map


Click here to provide feedback about your neighborhood’s strengths and opportunities on an interactive map.

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

Steering Committee

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 ArnoldVandeventer Steering Committee Member 
Medina BrownWest Belle Block UnitSteering Committee Member 
Yvonne CarterLewis PlaceSteering Committee Member 
Heather CaudillAIM Development GroupSteering Committee Member 
Alderwoman Marlene Davis19th ward Steering Committee Member *ex–officio
Rev. Dr. Patrick DugganUCC Church Building and Loan FundSteering Committee Member 
Audrey  EllermannCovenant Blu Neighborhood AssociationCo-Chair
Alderwoman Dwinderlin Evans4th WardSteering Committee Member *ex–officio
Hence Forland Jr.Windsor Transitional HomesSteering Committee Member 
Rev. James GlascoGreater Union Baptist ChurchSteering Committee Member 
Alana GreenSt. Louis Housing Authority Steering Committee Member *ex–officio
Erica HendersonDeaconess Center for Child Well-Being Steering Committee Member 
Melina HigbeeUCC Church Building and Loan FundClient Team Member
Sharlene HillWest Belle Block UnitSteering Committee Member 
Byron JohnsonCovenant Blu Neighborhood AssociationSteering Committee Member 
Cathy KnightWest Belle Block UnitSteering Committee Member 
Rev.  Susan MitchellUCC Church Building and Loan FundSteering Committee Member 
Angie MorrisLaPlace Enrichment CenterSteering Committee Member 
Barbara MurphyWest Belle Block UnitCo-Chair
David Nehrt-FloresDeaconess FoundationClient Team Member
Steven ReadyeWest Belle Block UnitSteering Committee Member 
Kayla ReedAction St. LouisSteering Committee Member
Rich SimmonsGrand Center Inc. Steering Committee Member 
Rev. John SmithScruggs Memorial CME ChurchSteering Committee Member 
LaWonda  SmithWest Belle Block UnitSteering Committee Member 
Alderman Jesse Todd18th wardSteering Committee Member *ex–officio
Cheryl  WalkerDeaconess FoundationSteering Committee Member 

Consulting Team

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.