The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association recently assisted with the application and helped the Regal 3 corner store (corner of Klemm/Shaw) win a grant to participate in the “St. Louis Healthy Corner Store Project.” Cara Jensen recently posted this blog about the program on the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association’s website. http://shawstlouis.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/shaw-becomes-healthier/
The Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation along with the St. Louis City Commercial Real Estate Department and Alderman Conway are working with the Regal 3 building owner to improve the storefront. The plan is to remove the bars from the windows, replace the windows, paint the exterior, provide a visually pleasing barrier between the dumpster and the street, replace the concrete sidewalks, add new lighting, etc. Bids for the work are forthcoming.
As most people know, the corner of Klemm and Shaw is the first entry point to the Shaw neighborhood for people coming from hwy 44 and hwy 40 west of Tower Grove Ave. It has been reported by some real estate agents they steer potential buyers away from entering the neighborhood at this point due to the exterior appearance of the store. If the improvements can be made, it will help the corner, neighborhood and hopefully, the corner store.
If you haven’t been inside the Regal 3 store, please take some time to visit. The store owner, Berhe, is very personable and the interior is well kept and organized. The store is a real asset to our area.