Some of the best news I get are reports that vacant City properties — empty for years, damaged by fire, or contaminated by previous use — are going to find new and productive re-uses.
Here are some recent ones:EPA Brownfields grant funds are being used to assist Middendorf Meats in expanding its facilities on the North Riverfront. These and other Brownfields funds are also being used in City neighborhoods to identify and clean up former gas station sites at Delmar and Whittier and Delmar and Sarah in the 18th Ward; in the 2800 block of Kingshighway in the 1st Ward; and in the 5th Ward’s Old North St. Louis neighborhood. SLDC staff are also working with ACF, the former owner of the property, and the EPA on the cleanup of the old Carter Carburetor site at St. Louis Avenue and North Grand. This site is important to the expansion of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club.Developer Tim Reedy is using state historic tax credits to convert the former Ryan’s Market building (long an 8th Ward problem property before its acquisition by CDA/SLDC,) into a single-family home.Steel Warehouse of South Bend, Indiana, has signed a 10-year lease with the City of St. Louis Port Authority for Authority-owned property in the 2200 block of North 1st Street. The company will create 100 new jobs in this previously vacant building by 2008.