Cortex II Could Positively Impact Shaw And Surrounding Neighborhoods

As reported by Nextstl, the next phase of the Cortex development (Cortex II) will transform and enhance a long neglected industrial area bordered by Newstead to the west, hwy 40 to the south, Sarah to the east and Forest Park to the north.  The new improvements include 3 renovations of historic buildings, the largest being 180,000 sq. ft., a new metro link station, landscaping, streetscapes, an event space and a new ramp at Tower Grove and hwy 40.  Please follow the link to the story http://nextstl.com/central-corridor/cortex-development-plan-conscious-of-history-set-to-preserve-city-s-memory

In my opinion, these efforts to improve the area will bring more jobs and create a critical mass in an area with little use today.  The new ramp at Tower Grove will provide easier access to all the neighborhoods around the development including Shaw.  Further, BJC alone employs over 25,000 people and I believe a certain % will continue to look for a safe urban living experience that the Shaw Neighborhood provides.  Affordability, livability and walk-ability are the hallmarks for our neighborhood.  I think it will conitune to be an attractive option.

Logic would dictate the efforts of the groups involved with Cortex will help Forest Park SouthEast continue to evolve from a once forgotten neighborhood to a commercial destination to a thriving neighborhood and that the expansion will fill the currently underutilized pockets (i.e. south of Manchester/west tower grove)and move to Botanical Heights and Shaw.  Connecting all these neighborhoods will bring us together as a community and provide a better living experience for all.  I look forward to the Cortex II ground breaking.

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About Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation

Shaw Neighborhood Housing Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible development, affordable housing and diverse character and vibrancy in the Shaw neighborhood located in St. Louis, MO. Through its local development and community progress expertise, the organization serves as a resource to developers, real estate agents, neighborhood residents and business owners.
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One Response to Cortex II Could Positively Impact Shaw And Surrounding Neighborhoods

  1. Dave Lloyd says:

    Unfortunately, the new ramp at Tower Grove is also likely to have a very negative impact on the main north/south route from our neighborhood to this area and the Central West End, especially since it appears to impact both Boyle and Tower Grove. This would have the effect of funneling a much higher traffic volume onto streets that are now widely used by bicyclists and pedestrians. I find it ironic that while zero energy buildings are proposed for this site, low impact transportation from surrounding neighborhoods is not part of the plan.

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