Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Inc.

  • St. Louis, MO
  • www.ONSL.org

Mission Statement

The Old North St. Louis Restoration Group is a not-for-profit, neighborhood-based community development corporation committed to revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of Old North St. Louis in a manner that respects its historic, cultural and urban character.

Main Programs

  1. Housing Development & Historic Preservation
  2. Community Health Initiatives
  3. Community Building & Neighborhood Safety Initiatives
  4. Community Arts Initiatives
  5. Old North Home Grown Festival & House Tour
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group serves the Old North St. Louis neighborhood (in ZIP codes 63106 and 63107) in the City of St. Louis, Missouri.

ruling year

1983

Principal Officer since 2003

Self-reported

Mr. Sean Thomas

Keywords

Self-reported

Historic Preservation,Community Development,New Housing,Festival, Farmers' Market, Sustainability, Redevelopment, Community Gardens, Revitalization, Grocery Co-op

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Also Known As

ONSLRG

EIN

43-1254052

 Number

4097584051

Physical Address

2700 N. 14th Street

St. Louis, MO 63106 3915

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Over the past 30 years, ONSLRG has grown from a small, all-volunteer neighborhood improvement group into a highly respected community development corporation with a professional staff and an actively engaged membership base.  In recent years ONSLRG has worked with development partners to produce over 100 mixed-income apartments in 3 dozen historically rehabbed, formerly abandoned and severely deteriorated buildings; built 20 new, mixed income houses; established the Old North Grocery Co-op; coordinated the North City Farmers' Market; and established and managed nearly a dozen community gardens.  Hightlights of the past year include opening the Old North Grocery Co-op and the completion of the 27-building Crown Square redevelopment of the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall, which won the National Trust for Historic Preservation / Secretary of HUD Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in October.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Housing Development & Historic Preservation

Through partnerships and on its own, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group has been involved with developments that have produced over 150 new or historically rehabbed homes, as for-sale houses or rental apartments.  With a mix of market-rate and affordable units, these homes ensure that the neighborhood retains its economic diversity and continues to provide housing opportunities for all who want to be a part of the community, regardless of where they are on the economic spectrum.  When funding allows, ONSLRG acquires, stabilizes and markets historic properties to rehabbers who have the means to rehab them. We also serve as a resource center for individuals looking for information related to properties available for purchase or rent, or programs or resources for home repairs and improvements.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$120,000.00

Program 2

Community Health Initiatives

ONSLRG implements a range of programming designed to improve the overall health of the community and its residents, including operating the North City Farmers' Market and managing operations for the Old North Grocery Co-op, both of which bring affordable and healthful foods to a neighborhood that previously had been a food desert.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$180,000.00

Program 3

Community Building & Neighborhood Safety Initiatives

Strong and viable neighborhoods are places where residents take the lead in setting the agenda and guiding community initiatives.  ONSLRG facilitates this process by hosting events and activities that foster strong and supportive relationships among neighbors, through Quality of Life meetings, pot-luck suppers, neighborhood watch training sessions, community gardens, and neighborhood clean-ups.

Category

Crime & Legal

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$45,000.00

Program 4

Community Arts Initiatives

Through support for neighborhood artists or by hosting art exhibits in the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group Gallery, ONSLRG seeks to enrich the culture and quality of life for all residents of the community - and attract others from outside the neighborhood to come visit Old North.  Programming includes live music at the North City Farmers' Market, visual art exhibits, live theater performances, and film screenings in the Old North Gallery, in addition to organizational support for new or growing neighborhood art centers.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 5

Old North Home Grown Festival & House Tour

Old North's annual house & community tour expanded its format in 2011 to include a street festival to highlight the great variety and quality of locally produced arts, music, food, and other goods, and services.  The community tour portion of the event showcases the dramatic revitalization in progress throughout the historic neighborhood.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$35,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

Old North St. Louis Restoration Group serves the Old North St. Louis neighborhood (in ZIP codes 63106 and 63107) in the City of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Old North St Louis Restoration Group Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Sean Thomas

BIO

Sean Thomas holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and has advanced training in various aspects of community development and nonprofit management. He has nearly 25 years of experience in community organizing and neighborhood-based community development.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As a small, community-based organization, we are proud of the significant progress we've made in revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood.  We know that none of this could have happened without strong support from the community (including thousands of hours of volunteer time each year) and contributions and support from outside partners and friends of the community.  We invite you to join us as we continue to write the next chapters of what has been called "one of the country's best revitalization stories."

-Sean Thomas, Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Constantino Ochoa

Neighborhood Resident

Term: Feb 2011 - Feb 2012

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