The Civic News To Know This Week
Lots of exciting changes are coming to St. Louis! Stay up to date with our civic news here.
1/ St. Louis has become a premier destination for top chess players around the world. Our connections to the game have a long, rich history. Home to the World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis recently hosted the Sinquefield Cup. This tournament is the only North American stop of the Grand Chess Tour. 2016 marks our seventh year hosting this exciting event which took place Aug. 4-16.
2/ Recent improvements to Tower Grove Park have transformed one of its many historic pavilions. Due to funds raised by the Friends of Tower Grove Park, an $18,827 project began on the Chinese Pavilion in June and has recently been completed. Just waiting new turf coming this fall, the pavilion is as good as new! New paint brings it to life with vibrant, eye-catching colors. This spot is the perfect picnic destination as summer ends and fall approaches.
3/ Work could begin as soon as this summer to transform an old foundry into a food hall filled with new offices, stores and living spaces. This $232 million project will convert 14 acres of vacant land into a functional hub for city-dwellers and tourists alike. The project, titled City Foundry Food Hall and Market, is set to open in the fall of 2018 and could lead to 2,500 new jobs along with several new companies. Just east of Cortex in the 3700 block of Forest Park Ave., these renovations will complement the consistent efforts to revitalize this fast-growing district.
4/ Tickets for the Art of Travel gala at Lambert St. Louis International Airport are now on sale. Proceeds from this event go toward the Lambert Art and Culture program, which seeks to enhance the appearance of the airport through art installments in terminals and concourses. This year’s event celebrates the early years of St. Louis aviation, going back in time to the 1920s. Art of Travel will also feature creations by top chefs from around the country. A silent auction and raffle will feature several exciting travel and art packages. Get your tickets today and start planning your outfit.
5/ A recent partnership between St. Patrick Center and the City of St. Louis will soon transform the nature of homeless services in the city. With these new efforts, the St. Patrick Center will run the new Biddle Housing Opportunities Center on North Tucker. The St. Patrick Center will partner with Peter and Paul Community Services and the St. Louis City Continuum of Care, providing dynamic services and preventative measures to the homeless throughout the area: “We will … operate the most efficient, effective and comprehensive pathway to housing options and support services for people who are homeless or at risk,” said Steve Campbell, executive director of Peter and Paul Community Services.