Park Central Development

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Executive: Brooks Goedeker
Email: brooks@parkcentraldevelopment.org
Phone: (314) 535-5311
Address: 4512 Manchester Ave., Suite 100, St. Louis, MO 63110
Website: http://www.parkcentraldevelopment.org/

Profile:
Park Central Development (PCD) is a community development corporation that works daily to strengthen and attract investment in five neighborhoods located in the central corridor of the City of St. Louis. These neighborhoods include Botanical Heights, Central West End, Forest Park Southeast, King’s Oak, and Midtown. Additionally, PCD contracts with neighborhoods and commercial districts throughout the City of St. Louis that are seeking assistance regarding neighborhood plans and the creation and/or administration of special taxing districts.

Formed in 2009, PCD is a consolidation of the former Central West End Midtown Development Corporation and the Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation. The merger assisted in creating greater staff capacity and streamlined services to serve the central corridor of the City of St. Louis.

PCD has been involved in multiple community building successes and serves over 12,000 residents throughout the central corridor. In 2011, the organization successfully managed a $3.5 million federal streetscape enhancement project along Manchester Avenue. Improvements included narrowing the street, constructing new sidewalks and pedestrian lights, installing new trash receptacles and planters, and creating a better overall pedestrian experience on the commercial corridor. In 2012, Park Central Development led the effort to develop a new two-block park, now called Chouteau Park, in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. Park Central Development has authored two form based zoning plans and neighborhood visioning documents for both the Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods. These plans are the first updates to the zoning regulations in these areas since the 1940s.

PCD has also produced multiple events, including IndiHop, RFT Music Showcase, the Manchester Bike Bash, an annual Gala, and—most notably—the 10th Annual Grove Fest, which brought over 25,000 attendees to the Grove and Forest Park Southeast in October 2015. In 2014, Park Central Development successfully established the Euclid Community Improvement District in the Central West End neighborhood and is now embarking on the expansion of the Grove Community Improvement District along Vandeventer Avenue. PCD also administers and led recruitment efforts for the Forest Park South Business Association, spurring over 50 percent growth in membership since 2014.

In partnership with community stakeholders, PCD works to strengthen and attract investment that creates and maintains vibrant neighborhoods and commercial districts. PCD believes the way to create positive, lasting impact is through continual professionalism, transparent decision making, and global sharing with the communities PCD serves.