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Frenchtown is Great Streets’ Next Project – First Meeting Dec. 12

Earlier this year, the efforts to revitalize Frenchtown took a step forward when East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the metropolitan planning organization for the St. Louis region, selected Frenchtown as the location for the next Great Streets project.

East-West Gateway’s Great Streets projects focus on showing communities how to expand in a way that enhances economic and social growth. Their goal is to create interesting, lively and attractive streets in areas with high potential. The council has completed 14 projects including places like Kimmswick and Forest Park.

After reviewing proposals from several organizations, the council approved a Design Workshop. The Design Workshop provides landscape architecture, planning, urban design and strategic services for the street.

Last week, representatives from Design Workshop were in St. Charles to begin their work, meeting with local businesses, community leaders, property owners, and stakeholders. Later this year, they will host public forums for additional feedback from the community. In the coming months, more information on how community members can engage in the Frenchtown revitalization efforts will surface.

Although the final report isn’t expected until June 2020, the Frenchtown Revitalization Task Force, Mayor Borgmeyer and city staff continue with their efforts to attract new businesses and developments to Frenchtown.

Update: The first community planning workshop will be held on Dec. 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Climb So Ill, 650 N. Main Center, Suite 105.

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