Old North St. Louis Restoration Group

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Email: info@onsl.org
Phone: (314) 241-5031
Address: 2700 North 14th St., St. Louis, MO 63106
Website: http://www.onsl.org

Profile:
The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) is a community-based nonprofit organization established by neighborhood residents in 1981 to revitalize the physical and social dimensions of the community in a manner that respects its historic, cultural, and urban character. The Restoration Group has evolved from humble beginnings as an all-volunteer organization to an award-winning, effective community development corporation with a professional staff and a broad range of community-building activities.

With a commitment to a comprehensive community revitalization that will meet the needs of current residents and transform the neighborhood into a dynamic urban village, ONSLRG:

  • Has initiated home-building partnerships with Rise (formerly the Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance) to rehabilitate historic buildings to provide rental and for-sale housing and build new, market-rate and affordable homes that blend in with their historic surroundings.
  • Intervenes to preserve endangered historic buildings through the purchase and marketing of properties to buyers with the commitment and capacity to carry out rehabilitation projects.
  • Coordinates beautification efforts that include volunteer clean-ups of vacant lots, establishing community gardens, planning for park improvements, and routine maintenance of nearly 100,000 square feet of green space throughout Old North St. Louis.
  • Sponsors community-building events and celebrations, such as pot-luck suppers, the annual House Tour in the spring, National Night Out and outdoor movie nights in the summer, and a street festival in the fall.
  • Hosts the Old North St. Louis Community History Museum at the Restoration Group office. The history museum displays historic artifacts from the neighborhood, some discovered in attics of neighborhood residents and through archaeological digs; a documentary video/DVD about the neighborhood; a history trail brochure; an oral history project; and the book From Village to Neighborhood: A History of Old North St. Louis. The museum’s exhibits are the results of a multi-year partnership with the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and represent a range of activities that document the rich history of Old North St. Louis.
  • Has partnered with other organizations—including UMSL, the Catholic Commission on Housing, and Sustainable Neighborhoods—to provide home improvement loans, home repair and maintenance seminars, and financial literacy classes to help economically disadvantaged residents stay in their homes in the neighborhood.