It’s a wonderful and exciting time in the Shaw Neighborhood! We’re about to embark on our 21st Historic Shaw Art Fair filled with excellent art, food, entertainment & fun…
The Shaw Neighborhood began the year by joining with Botanical Heights, Tiffany, Forest Park Southeast and Southwest Garden in a collaborative response to the Kresge Arts Initiative. While not being awarded a grant, the joint effort strengthened our relations with the neighboring communities in the “Garden District.”
Our Healthy Corner Store Project with what was Regal III food store is now completed with both interior and exterior makeovers and a new name: Shaw Market. And we continue to engage our newer residents and friends at the monthly Young Professionals gatherings.
Restoration of the Thurman Underpass for pedestrian and bicycle use progresses. SNIA has endorsed the new plans and is working with the Garden District Commission and Botanical Heights on its transformation. Due to the work of two officers of SNIA, the project has been awarded a City of St. Louis Sustainability Grant and a Brightside Grant to create a Thurman Gateway Park bordering and through the underpass.
In recognition of SNIA’s help for those less fortunate, reflected in our food drives and Shaw Helping Hands Grants, Isaiah 58 Ministries presented SNIA with its 2013 Joined in Ministry (J.I.M.) Award.
While regretting the closure of Sherman Elementary School, the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association is working with the Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation and the St. Louis City School District in finding a suitable developer/use for the building and we’re experiencing a growing relationship with Mullanphy School in the neighborhood.
Much is happening with the involvement and support of the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association:
• Shaw Blvd. Improvement Project: working with SNHC to promote improved lighting and streetscape along Shaw Blvd;
• Surveillance Cameras: exploring the placement of cameras within the neighborhood;
• Russell Ave. Bikeway: working with Trailnet to establish a bike path along Russell Ave. from S. Grand Blvd. to Tower Grove Ave;
• Shaw Walking Tours: designing/developing walking tours within the neighborhood;
• SNIA Branding & logo: designing/developing new images for SNIA’s websites and communications; and
• Shaw Dog Park: exploring lighting for the park.
Thanks to Alderman Conway for his collaboration on several of these initiatives and to you, Shaw residents, for your confidence and support…
September 30, 2013
SNIA is looking to bring a new design to shawstlouis.org and we’re looking for a savvy professional to help us! If you’re interested in throwing your hat in the ring, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the request for proposals. Proposals are due JUNE 21.
Trailnet is bringing another program to Shaw – this time for kids! There will be a Bike Safety Rodeo in the parking lot of Sherman School at 3942 Flad on Sunday, June 2nd from 2-4pm. Bring your bike (but we’ll have a few to borrow) and a helmet if you have one, to make sure it fits perfectly. If you don’t have one, Trailnet will be giving them out as well!
Kids, bring a parent so they can sign a permission slip! Riding your bike is always fun, let’s make sure it’s also always safe. If we get rained out, we’ll shoot for the following week (Sunday, June 9th).
Questions? Contact Cindy: email@example.com or 314.436.1324 x102.
See you on June 2nd at Sherman School!
Adults: If you would like to volunteer at this event, we would love your help. Please contact Emma Klues (neighbor) at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!
Save your money, get around by bike!
Learn how to ride your bike safely and confidently in traffic. We’ll go over the basics of getting from point A to point B on your bike. Whether you’re headed to work, the grocery store, or riding with the kids to school in the morning, we’ll cover the maneuvers you need to know to get there safely. We’ll even show you how to change a flat tire so you can keep yourself rolling!
- Saturday, May 18th from 1:00-6:00pm
- (includes classroom portion, parking lot practice, short ride)
- Meet at 1PM at the SNIA Office (4103 Shenandoah)
- FREE to any Shaw resident 18+, bring your bike and helmet (no helmet? no problem! We will have a helmet available for you to keep).
- Class size is limited, please register in advance by contacting Molly Pearson (email@example.com, 314.436.1327 ext 117) or visit Trailnet.org and register online.
Funding for this project was provided in whole by The Missouri Foundation for Health. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.
If you are missing the market, save the date for the next two St. Louis Community Farmer’s Markets (3/9 and 4/13), and before you know it, we’ll be back in the park on Saturday mornings!
The St. Louis Cultural Resource Office is currently considering a revision of the standards for allowing installation of solar panels in “historical districts.” The revisions will be on the agenda of the Preservation Board at its meeting on January 28, 2013.
The current standard is “No Visibility Required” (the panels may not be publicly visible). Under consideration is a new standard of “Visual Compatibility Required,” which allows the solar panels to be visible if they maintain the character of the historic building and district. (NOTE – A major exception under the proposed, new standard is the dis-allowance of panels on slate or tile roofing.)
The proposed revisions may be found at: http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/planning/cultural-resources/documents/upload/Solar-Panel-Installation-Standards-October-2012.pdf
We encourage you to submit comments on this revision to the Cultural Resources Office and Preservation Board, or you may send them to SNIA at <firstname.lastname@example.org> on or before January 14, 2013 so that there is time to compile them prior to the hearing. If any of our readers have already gone through the process of getting approval for and installing solar panels in our historic district, please share your experiences in the comments below.