Imagine a Better St. Louis: Community organization develops plan to restore St. Louis City

Lucas Rouggly, landlord, pastor and staff member of "Love the Lou." (Credit: KMOV)

SAINT LOUIS, Mo. ( – A local organization focusing on building rehabilitation in North St. Louis, now has the resources to expand recent housing units built in the area.

Dr. Franco Sicuro, a Creve Coeur based doctor, contributed $850,000 to “Love the Lou” to fund the building project, including the Heron Fund Clinic. The clinic is set to open in September.

“I think that’s what we need. I think everybody deserves the opportunity to bring themselves up,” said Dr. Sicuro.

The ten-unit apartment building provides housing for city residents in North St. Louis, in the Kingshighway Boulevard and Maffitt Avenue area.

“Love the Lou” was started in 2009, as an initiative to redevelop the City of St. Louis. The affordable units were created for people facing hardships, providing youth their own space at a rate $200 - 250 cheaper.

Lucas Rouggly, a landlord, pastor, and staff member of “Love the Lou” moved back to St. Louis City from Portland Oregon, with a mission to provide salvation for his neighbors.

“Our goal was to move into the neighborhood and love our neighbors,” said Rouggly.

The staff at “Love the Lou” also plans for a market, cafe, and office space to occupy the second and third floor of the ten-unit apartment.

For more information on “Love the Lou”, visit

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