Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association, St. Louis MO

Updated Vandeventer Streetscape Plan

Now available for download: Detailed drawings of the Vandeventer Streetscape Plan. Please note that this is a very large (~21 MB) PDF file.

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Call for volunteers

Monday, January 18th, 10 am, Answer the call to service by volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will meet at the neighborhood office, 4950 Southwest Avenue. We will hand out trash bags and break into groups to collect litter on the main streets of our area. Return to the office by noon, with trash collected and we will sort out recyclable materials. Dress for the cold.

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January 2010 Newsletter

The newest Southwest Garden Neighborhood newsletter is now available for download here!

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Vandeventer Streetscape Update

Construction RFP has been posted on the St. Louis City Board of Public Service website.

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Suggested guidelines for residential development in SWG

Guidelines for Residential DevelopmentOver the past five months, Christopher Rehwoldt, architecture grad from Washington University, has interned with our organization. Christopher has developed a set of suggested guidelines for residential development in our neighborhood. They may be downloaded here.

The Southwest Garden Neighborhood Association’s Suggested Architectural Guidelines for Exterior Facades has been developed to define a set of elements that the Association feels are important in maintaining a cohesive architectural aesthetic throughout the Southwest Garden Neighborhood. With the existing architecture of the neighborhood as a model, the goal of these guidelines is to foster new development and existing building renovation that does not necessarily mimic the surrounding architecture, but compliments it. Using a graduated rating system of Preferred, Acceptable and Discouraged suggestions for architectural features, these guidelines hope to aid in the development of residential properties that are both aesthetically pleasing and economically viable. Please note, these are the Association’s suggested guidelines, and not required building standards.

Consultation for these guidelines was generously provided by:

Steven L. Patterson
Urban Planner

Planning & Urban Design Agency
Cultural Resources Office
1015 Locust Street
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Vandeventer Streetscape Project Overview

In this document are details of our Vandeventer Streetscape project, which is funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Noel Fehr, of Planning Design Studio, was selected by the city’s Board of Public Service to manage our project. Noel presented the attached project overview presentation to our neighborhood residents 10/19 and 11/9/09. Construction is to begin spring of 2010.

This project would not have been possible without the help of Dr. Sarah Coffin of Saint Louis University’s Urban Planning Department, her inspiring students who interned with Southwest Garden Neighborhood in the development of the project: Seth Teel, Rachel D’Incau, Elizabeth Simons; a neighborhood resident and architect Ralph Wafer, 8th Ward Alderman Stephen Conway, and especially Russell Volmert of PGAV Urban Consulting. Russell donated his time and expertise for more than a year, helping us develop a Streetscape Master Plan and plugged in the nuts and bolts for the grant applications.

I hope through further collaborations, we can continue to improve our neighborhood and the City of St. Louis.

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Scenes from around the neighborhood

Here is a look at some of the great people and events in our neighborhood!

Trick Or Treaters in Southwest Garden Neighborhood

Also, check out this article and video on the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market, held in Tower Grove Park (which borders the Southwest Garden Neighborhood).

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Appreciation Day for Police, Firefighters, and EMT

Images from our Appreciation Day for Police, Firefighters, and EMT (10/26/2009)

Thank you to the all the volunteers, event coordinators George and Sandy Grbac, and the individuals and businesses who sponsored the event:

8th Ward Independent Democratic Assoc.
Allstate Insurance, Steve Johnson
Bertarelli Cutlery
Buckley Family
Calcaterra Funeral Home
Chris’ Pancake & Dining
Columbia Auto Repair
Consolidated Truck & Caster
Cunetto’s House of Pasta
David & Janice Tarantola
DiGregorios Market
Don Brown Chevrolet
Elicias Pizza
Floyd Wright
Hampton Car Wash
Hanneke Hardware
Harry’s Bar & Grill
Howard Michel Funeral Home
Jack Stelzer 8th Ward Committeman
L. Grasse & Associates
Michele Kratky, State Rep 65th District
Miller Horticultural Consultant
Mr. B’s Bar & Grill
O’Connell’s Pub
Pet Connection
Royal Papers
Southwest Market
St. Louis Peco Flake Co.
Steve Conway 8th Ward Alderman
The Bug Store
Tomboy Market
Trophy Room

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October 2009 Newsletter

The Southwest Garden October 2009 Newsletter is now available for download!

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July 2009 SWG Neighborhood newsletter

The July 2009 SWG Neighborhood newsletter is now available for download!

[Edit 6/26/09: Please note, there is an error in this newsletter. The correct information is as follows– The Neighborhood Fireworks will take place Saturday, July 4th at Sublette Park.

Tax deductible donations are needed and gladly accepted. Make checks payable to: Neighborhood Fireworks and drop them off at Southwest Auto Parts (5345 Southwest) or mail to: Neighborhood Fireworks, 5130 Bischoff Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110 ]

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