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St. Louis program focuses on beautifying abandoned buildings

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( – Abandoned buildings are scattered across the city and not only are they an eye sore, but they can drive away potential neighbors and businesses.

However, “Set the Pace” is a program designed to breathe new life into abandoned buildings. This program has closed the deal to redevelop two abandoned buildings in two of St. Louis’ better known neighborhoods: Soulard and the Central West End.

In historic Soulard, they’re transforming 36 classrooms in the old Lafayette Elementary School into a multi-family apartment.

The Central West End property is located on Olive between Euclid and Taylor and will be transformed into 33 residential units with space for shops. The building will undergo this historic renovation while keeping true to the “green” aspect as an energy efficient project.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of one of these restored buildings, a one-bedroom will cost around $850/month. A two-bedroom will cost around $1,250/month. They are expected to be completed by early fall and pre-leasing starts next week.

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