Over 60 sponsors donated items and cash to help Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation (TGNCDC) raise over $20,000 to continue our service to St. Louis City and the neighborhoods of Tower Grove South, Southwest Garden and Shaw. The 2nd annual event drew many neighbors and poker players from all over the metro area. Over 130 people attended with Collin Baker bringing home the championship of $450 in cash and a new Weber grill donated by Gas Appliance Service. Guests enjoyed comedy from Impolite Comedy LLC, pizza donated by Dominos, wings donated by Hodaks and other treats. Guests also enjoyed beer and wine donated by Civil Life Brewing Company, our neighborhood brewery. Not only did we raise some money, we also brought people together. It was a wonderful night of competition, fellowship and community building. Thanks to everyone who came and we hope to see you next year!
Download the Poker Night Presentation at tgncdc-poker-night-final
Thanks to our sponsors:
GAS APPLIANCE SERVICE
ST. LOUIS EQUITY FUND
JAMES J. ROBINSON
PAT CONNOLLY TAVERN
TOWER GROVE HEIGHTS
FRONTIER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
JON BEcK LAW OFFICES
NOVUS REAL ESTATE
TOWER GROVE SOUTH
Pasta House Co.
Moolah Theatre and Lounge
TRX Tattoos and Piercings
Tower Grove Creamery
Gelateria Del Leone
AM Trading Company
Salon St. Louis
Ices Plain & Fancy
The Purple Martin
Oak Hill True Value
John D. McGurk’s
The London Tea Room
Great American Human Foosball
Flying Fur Grooming Salon
Gringo Jones Imports
Bull’s Eye LLC
Missouri Botanical Garden
The Bug Store
Community Acupuncture of St. Louis
The Home Depot
Local Harvest Grocery
Three Flags Tavern
Heavenly Hands Hauling & Handyman
Tower Grove Park
Helium Comedy Club
Morgan Ford Massage & Spa
Square One Brewery & Distillery
Michel Funeral Home
PNC Bank Awards Grant to TGNCDC, In Partnership With Covenant House, To Continue Clean Up Efforts In South Tower Grove South
They say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” This isn’t necessarily the case in South Tower Grove South (South of McDonald Ave) where trash is drifts from cars and homes, local fast food restaurants and other businesses onto the commercial and residential streets in this rapidly improving area.
Through the Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation (TGNCDC) Framework and Vision plan (www.towergrovecdc.org), we identified South Tower Grove South as an area in need of investment and improvement. TGNCDC has already developed over $1,200,000 in the area, primarily south of Gravois. We’ve created over 24 newly updated and naturally affordable apartments that rent for $450 per month. In addition, TGNCDC has built/sold 2 subsidized new construction homes to bring new homeowners and stakeholders to the streets. We also supported the installation of trash cans and LED lights with Alderwoman Green. And TGNCDC has donated the use of one apartment as a police substation in the 3600 Bamberger building (http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/police-substation-moves-into-drug-house-1/69963300). The PNC Bank Clean Up Grant to TGNCDC, in partnership with Covenant House (https://www.covenanthouse.org), will continue our mission to bring public and private investment to the area. Beautification efforts also help create pride in the area by current residents/business owners. And the grant will present opportunities for area youth, who are bordering of homelessness, to work and build a resume for future employment. Employment interview training is also part of the Covenant House program.
TGNCDC is fortunate to work in neighborhoods with passionate residents/business owners, attractive housing/building stock and in close proximity to transportation, jobs and shopping. These factors, along with a clean and inviting appearance, will enhance the our ability to market the area for investment and continue to improve the quality of life. The grant is a win-win for the neighborhood and we’ll look forward to starting the year long activity in October/November of 2016.
2016-2017 Shaw, Tower Grove South, and Southwest Garden Community Resource Guide and Directory Coming Your Way!
It is finally here! Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation (TGNCDC) in partnership with STL Programs created an all-new community resource guide and directory for the residents of Shaw, Southwest Garden, and Tower Grove neighborhoods. The 80-page resource guide includes a comprehensive list maps, neighborhood association information, social services, local events, housing and historic district information, history and much more. According to Jeff Fister, President of STL Programs, this guide/directory will be the most comprehensive community resource guide ever made available to residents up to this time. Hardcopies have been published and are being distributed to over 28,000 residents on their doorstep throughout the Tower Grove Neighborhoods right now!
This initiative was founded on the principles outlined in TGNCDC’s coalition building goal to advance the Framework and Vision Plan, build awareness, and inform the public of resources available just minutes from their home. Due to the fact that information is scattered throughout the internet and not everyone is able to access that information nor has the time, TGNCDC sought to conduct comprehensive research on all the community resources available and locate them in one place that is available in the most accessible way. Throughout the process, TGNCDC reached out to neighborhood organizations, institutions, and individuals serving the neighborhoods to get a better understanding of what services are already available and to determine any gaps and community needs. Thanks to their collaboration and dedication to their neighborhoods, TGNCDC is able to continue to support resident services throughout Tower Grove Neighborhoods.
In an effort to engage the community even more, TGNCDC created a Front Cover Photo Contest where residents, employees, and business owners had the opportunity to get their photo on the front cover of the 2016-2017 Community Resource Guide and Directory. The photo contest was judged by TGNCDC committee members and the winner was Stefanie Hammond! Congratulations!
The continued effort by residents, organizations, institutions, and TGNCDC to provide support for community resources and services is a testament to the growing strength of the neighborhood and bonds throughout the community.
Thank you for all those who contributed to this effort and the continued overwhelming support of our neighbors and throughout our community.
For more information on this or other Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC activities, visit our website: towergrovecdc.org or call 314-865-5530.
Here is the online version!!
FREE Landlord Training, Sat. 9/17/16, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Learn about resources available in the city of St. Louis to prevent and abate nuisance. This four hour workshop will include the importance of comprehensive tenant screening, an overview of the City’s Nuisance Ordinance, Project 87, and a review of environmental conditions that contribute to nuisance. Hear from the city’s professionals who can help prevent and abate nuisance, including Neighborhood Improvement Specialist Annette Bridges, 23 Ward Alderman Joe Vacarro, City Attorney Michelle Burriel, Judge Joan Miller, and Heather Gasama of the Health Department’s Environmental Health Service division. This is a free event. Please register here. The training is at a NEW LOCATION, 4500 Shaw Ave, Monsanto Center, Botanical Garden Library Building, St. Louis, MO 63110
This activity is funded by a HUD Community Development Block Grant, via the St. Louis Community Development Administration.
Tenant screening service available at TheScreenDoor.org, a service of Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC.
At one time, place-based community development corporations could be found throughout Saint Louis City neighborhoods. In fact, it is estimated there were more than 34 organizations receiving Community Development Block Grants from the St. Louis City Community Development Administration to help revitalize and stabilize neighborhoods. In 2016, the number of CDC’s has dropped to around 17, many of which are struggling to survive. CDBG funding is no longer guaranteed and the available funding for activities is a fraction of the amount distributed in the 1980’s.
Three years ago, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC recognized the funding challenges, combined three organizations into one, completed a framework and vision plan (located at www.towergrovecdc.org) and a strategic plan to help the organization survive. The goal is to create self-sufficiency and eliminate our almost complete dependence on grant funding.
In an effort to educate the public about our community development service to Southwest Garden, Tower Grove South and Shaw neighborhoods and surrounding areas, we recently completed a promotional video.
Please watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94qYF69fsvM
Also, please remember our 2nd Annual “All In For Change” Poker Tournament and Bash Fundraiser Will be Held On September 24th.