Vacant historic buildings soon will house low income tenants -

Vacant historic buildings soon will house low income tenants

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( - Abandoned buildings in three historic districts in Saint Louis will soon have a new look and new tenants.

Historic buildings in the Tower Grove East, DeSales, and Fox Park neighborhoods will soon be home to low income tenants in newly renovated apartments. These 45 apartments are located in previously neglected buildings that otherwise would most likely have been demolished

“With the exception of maybe a couple, some have boarded up windows, others have open roofs. They are not in good shape the way they are right now,” says Chris Shearman, who is a part of the Messiah Lutheran Church team leading this project. 

Messiah Lutheran Church partnered up with Rise, a non-profit known for taking on big projects for the betterment of the community. The apartment buildings, once completed, will be used for low income housing.

It is not an easy undertaking. Shearman says just last year, one of the targeted properties burned down. But that has not stopped the development from taking course.  

“It's going to benefit the community and people here have been very encouraging and helpful,” he says.

News 4 spoke with a resident who lives on one of the blocks where three of the properties are set for redevelopment. Katy Mike Smaistria Lampe told us she is excited for the project to get started.

“The potential is so intense and immense.  I am really excited to see the community back to life. It is really cool to see the new construction matches the old so they fit right in,” she says.

The plan is to break ground within the next two months, with new residents moving in a year from now. Tax and historic credits are being used to help fund the project. 

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