Through SLACO, you’ll have a chance to find out how other St. Louis neighborhoods find success in tackling issues such as vacancy, safety, and beautification. You’ll also be able to share what’s working in Dutchtown and receive feedback to bring back to our community. As a “City of Neighborhoods,” your collaboration with other communities and organizations across the city can potentially impact not only Dutchtown but St. Louis as a whole.
Dutchtown and SLACO have been great partners in recent years. Together we organized the Keep It Clean neighborhood cleanup around Marquette Park in the fall of 2021. SLACO has worked with Dutchtown organizations to implement our growing block organizing efforts. And more broadly, SLACO has provided consulting and advocacy services for Dutchtown as well.
As a member, Dutchtown Main Streets can designate one representative and one alternate to the SLACO Board of Directors. We are seeking applicants from the community who are interested in being Dutchtown’s SLACO representative. The only requirement is that you be 18 years or older and reside in the greater Dutchtown area.
Representatives are asked to attend SLACO’s board meetings and report back to Dutchtown organizations—Dutchtown Main Streets, Dutchtown South Community Corporation, and others—on SLACO initiatives and possible partnerships with Dutchtown.
Applicants can send an email of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org (or via our contact form) providing their name, address, and a brief suggestion for how the applicant would represent Dutchtown at SLACO in order to facilitate bringing back positive change to their neighbors. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
There’s great news in Dutchtown as 2021 comes to an end: Lutheran Development Group has received funding for Marquette Homes, a transformative project that will bring 60 new and rehabbed affordable housing units to the neighborhood!
What Is Marquette Homes?
The Marquette Homes project includes 14 buildings and lots that will comprise over 54,000 square feet of residential space, as well as one small commercial unit, throughout the northern portion of Dutchtown and into Gravois Park. Lutheran Development Group will execute the project in partnership with Rise Community Development. Following environmental and historic reviews, construction should kick off in the next 10 to 18 months and be complete approximately a year after the start date.
Marquette Homes will bring 60 affordable residential apartments to the Greater Dutchtown neighborhood—32 rehabbed units and 28 new construction units. Of those units, ten will be one-bedroom apartments, 14 will be two-bedroom units, and 36 will feature three bedrooms. The three-bedroom units are an especially important addition to the neighborhood’s housing stock, as many available units are smaller and only feature one or two bedrooms. Monthly rents will range from $390 to $885. To qualify for rental, most applicants must earn at or below 60% of the area median gross income (AMGI). Some units require an income of 30% AMGI.
Marquette Homes Properties
Lutheran Development Group is well known for taking on particularly challenging projects, and Marquette Homes is no exception. “We always try to do the most good with the resources we are given,” says Chris Shearman, Executive Director of Lutheran Development Group. The Marquette Homes project will tackle long-vacant lots and old buildings in need of serious major repairs. Below are the 14 properties included in the Marquette Homes project.
3845 Pennsylvania Avenue
This overgrown vacant lot between Chippewa and Keokuk will return to life with new residential construction on the empty parcel owned by the city’s Land Reutilization Authority (LRA).
4006 Pennsylvania Avenue
A modest four-family apartment building in need of significant repairs will inject some new life just a block away from Marquette Park.
3208 Chippewa Street
Further west on Chippewa, this double lot on a hill features a diminutive old home that has slowly been returning to nature for the last two decades under the ownership of the LRA.
3012 Chippewa Street
This vacant lot, empty for ten years, will fill in the space between multi-family housing and a mixed-use property that is currently undergoing a massive rehabilitation. The project is just half a block away from Lutheran Development Group’s headquarters at Chippewa and Minnesota.
3922 Louisiana Avenue
This sturdy four-family flat at Louisiana and Alberta will see new rehab and a return to quality affordable housing in Dutchtown.
This long-vacant lot at Compton and Winnebago will bring new housing units to this corner just a block from the Gravois Park’s namesake neighborhood green space.
3721, 3729, and 3733 Tennessee Avenue
These three unsold lots are located in the incomplete Keystone Place housing development. The subdivision, mostly built in the early 2000s, will finally see new construction rise to fill in several of the gaps. The lots were all assigned to the LRA after the developer went bust around the time of the housing crash.
3734 South Compton Avenue
Near the Dutchtown–Gravois Park border, this handsome four-family flat will see the boards come off its windows and doors soon.
3544 and 3548 Minnesota Avenue
A pair of vacant and boarded apartment buildings between Miami and Potomac, these four-family buildings have been spared from the wrecking ball and will return to life in Gravois Park.
3305 Meramec Street
Perhaps the crown jewel of the Marquette Homes project, this three-story building in the heart of Downtown Dutchtown will see a massive rehab project undertaken. Vacant for nearly 15 years, the building will feature a vital commercial space at street level and apartments above.
How Is the Project Funded?
The primary funding source for the Marquette Homes project is the sale of federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). In addition, the project will receive Historic Tax Credits, funding from the City of St. Louis, and a loan that will be paid through future rents. The total cost of the project is over $16.5 million, an amazing and much-needed injection of capital into the disinvested Greater Dutchtown neighborhood.
Lutheran Development Group has been pursuing the tax credits for over five years, facing an uphill battle securing the credits through a highly competitive process with the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC). Between 2018 and 2020, the State of Missouri in fact stopped matching federal LIHTC awards, placing an even greater strain on the availability of these tax credits that are so vital to the development of affordable housing in Missouri. The partial LIHTC match returned in late 2020. “The need for affordable housing is so great, yet the resources are limited,” says Shearman. Competing with other developers for a piece of the LIHTC pie is no easy task.
Continued refinement of the project finally resulted in a successful award of LIHTC in December of 2021. The project has support across the board from St. Louis officials including 25th Ward Alderman Shane Cohn, 20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer, Mayor Tishaura Jones, 78th District State Representative Rasheen Aldridge, 5th District State Senator Steve Roberts, St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams, and St. Louis Housing Authority Executive Director Alana C. Green.
Lutheran Development Group
Lutheran Development Group’s mission can be distilled into one phrase: “Love thy neighbor.” Though a faith-based organization, Lutheran Development Group’s work reaches beyond theological boundaries to promote safe housing and access to opportunities.
Lutheran Development Group was established in 2015 with the aim of raising up the communities around their churches. The Lutheran Church, with its German forebearers, has extensive roots in the Greater Dutchtown area. The neighborhood was once home to Concordia Seminary. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, on Miami Street in Gravois Park, was established in the 1850s and remains a neighborhood anchor to this day. Lutheran Development Group partnered with Holy Cross to establish Intersect Arts Center and Eagle College Preparatory School, just east of the church.
Other Lutheran Development Group Projects
Baden School Apartments
In the latest round of LIHTC funding, Lutheran Development Group also secured tax credits for their Baden School Apartments project on the North Side. The project will transform the 1907 William Ittner-designed elementary school on Halls Ferry Road into 50 affordable apartments. Like Dutchtown, Baden has extensive roots in the German Lutheran community, has suffered from disinvestment in recent decades, and is poised for a rebound thanks to persistent neighbors and new investments such as the Baden School Apartments.
Back in the Greater Dutchtown area, Lutheran Development Group delivered the Chippewa Park project in 2018. Chippewa Park includes 15 rehabbed buildings containing 46 affordable housing units and three commercial spaces. After completion, Lutheran Development Group moved their headquarters to a beautiful new space at Chippewa and Minnesota and set up their Rooted Property Management office across the street.
East Fox Homes
One of Lutheran Development Group’s first projects was East Fox Homes. The project included twelve severely deteriorated buildings in the Fox Park and Tower Grove East neighborhoods to the north of Dutchtown. In partnership with Messiah Lutheran Church and Rise Community Development, Lutheran Development Group demonstrated their ability to take on difficult but impactful projects on the South Side.
Support Lutheran Development Group
As 2021 winds down, Lutheran Development Group is aiming for an even stronger finish to a successful year. An anonymous donor has provided a matching donation of up to $25,000 for contributions received through December 31st, 2021. Your contribution can help extend the impact of Lutheran’s work which includes not only housing development, but also community initiatives, supportive property management, and a rental assistance program that has already helped keep over 40 families housed.
Looking for a cozy space to call your own? Find your just-right sized space at the just-right price in Dutchtown! Our neighborhood offers the most bang for your buck with solidly built historic housing, convenient location, friendly neighbors, and an exciting future.
Below are just a few of the currently active listings on Zillow for modestly priced and modestly sized homes. But there’s something for everyone in Dutchtown! Whether you’re looking for something small or large, make sure to browse the listings in our neighborhood and learn what makes Dutchtown great.
This classic brick home offers a lot in a seemingly small package. You’ll get three bedrooms and two full baths, with more space than meets the eye thanks to open floor plans and a nicely finished basement. Plus you’re just a few steps away from the shops and restaurants in Downtown Dutchtown along Meramec.
Find a combination historic and modern in this two bedroom/two bathroom bungalow just west of Grand. Hardwood floors, stained glass windows, and a decorative fireplace bring the old world charm, while a sleek new kitchen offers convenience and functionality. This home features a partially finished basement and an oversized one-car garage.
This three bedroom/one bathroom home features a beautiful decorative fireplace and built-in cabinets separating the living room and formal dining room, plus a sleek modern kitchen with butcher block countertops and a jet tub in the bathroom.
Listing prices are accurate as of the time of publication. Descriptions are based on facts and figures provided by listing agents via Zillow. The above listings are provided for informational purposes only. We at DutchtownSTL.org are not real estate professionals—make sure to contact an agent for the full details of these listings.
On the morning of Saturday, October 23rd, neighborhood volunteers and soccer fans from all over the region will be tackling trash in Dutchtown. Afterward, fans will be treated to friendly pick-up games on the soccer field and futsal court at Marquette Park.
Volunteers will assemble near the futsal court at Gasconade and Virginia at 9am. Water, snacks, and tools will be provided. The team will take to the park, as well as the nearby blocks and alleys, to hunt for litter. With two trucks and an oversized dumpster from the city, we’ll be able to haul away any bulky items that might be found along the way.
Nearby neighbors are encouraged to get in on the action by cleaning up their own slice of the neighborhood. Pick up litter out front, clean up your alley out back, or do some yard work to help your block shine.
Paid Opportunities for Participating Youth
Neighbors ages 16 to 24 can earn $10 an hour for up to eight hours by coming out and helping with the cleanup efforts. Email email@example.com or call (314) 265-6186 to register. Pre-registration is required to receive payment.
After the cleanup, players will take to the fields at noon. There will be opportunities for pick-up games, so feel free to come by for your chance to jump in. The athletic programming will be led by Umoja St. Louis Soccer and the St. Louligans.
In addition to the afternoon’s soccer programming, St. Louis’ MLS team will also be putting on a clinic in the morning for youths age 5–12. The clinic is free, but advance registration is required. The program runs from 9:30am to 11am.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded CARES Act funds to St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) to make loans to businesses that have been negatively affected by COVID-19 or that are providing goods or services addressing problems caused by the pandemic.
Eligibility and Loan Terms
The EDA loans are for for-profit businesses located in the City of St. Louis. Businesses must be current on all taxes and business license requirements. For every $35,000 borrowed, the business must have created or retained one job. Loans are subject to credit approval. There is a $100 non-refundable application fee, a 1% origination fee, and potential closing costs.
Loan amounts range from $10,000 to $300,000 with interest rates starting at just 2%. The length of the loan ranges from three to seven years depending on what the funds are used for. Loans can be used as working capital or for inventory, equipment, or real estate. The funds cannot be used for refinancing existing debt or construction and rehab costs.
How to Apply for the St. Louis EDA Loan Program
To apply, download the application here. Submit your completed application and $100 application fee (payable to St. Louis Local Development Company) at:
St. Louis Development Corporation Attention: Mr. Chris Maguire 1520 Market Street, Suite 2000 St. Louis, MO 63103
Upon submitting your application, you will work with a loan officer on the credit approval process and documentation review. If your loan is approved, funds will be disbursed as quickly as possible. There is no deadline to apply, but there is limited funding and applicants will be awarded funds on a first-come first-served basis, so make sure to apply as soon as possible.
More Business Resources
Dutchtown Main Streets aims to provide resources and information to our neighborhood business owners to help maintain a strong, thriving business community in Dutchtown. You can find more business resources at dutchtownstl.org/business.