Community Impact

Visions of a Stronger Community

The Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation (WUMCRC) was founded in 1973 as a way for Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare to implement community planning strategies focused on increasing the quality of life in areas like housing redevelopment, public safety, and infrastructure for the neighborhoods surrounding its campus.

Decades of Advancement

For nearly 40 years, the WUMCRC has been enriching the neighborhoods it supports through the development of affordable and accessible housing, community improvement, assistance programs and other efforts to better the lives of our neighbors.

1973 - 1990

Between its founding in 1973 and 1990, WUMCRC generated $108 million in private, institutional and public investment, $350 million in institutional investment, and $2 million in capital improvements by the city. In less than 20 years, nearly 802 housing units had been rehabilitated and 503 units were newly constructed, including the completion of Park Place, a development that provided 242 housing units for low and moderate income senior citizens.

1990 - 2000

In the 90s, WUMCRC worked with neighborhood stakeholders to complete a neighborhood plan that included the reopening of Adams Elementary School with an attached community center and rebuilt city park. In 1997, the Live Near Your Work program was established to help lift the financial burden of buying a home for employees of Washington University and BJC Healthcare.

2000 - 2010

In the early 2000s, WUMCRC acquired additional buildings to redevelop into affordable rental units and single-family homes, as well as affordable senior assisted living housing. In 2007, the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative was founded to provide supplemental bicycle patrols in an effort to respond more efficiently to matters of public safety.

2010 - 2020

In the last decade, WUMCRC has continued to grow its programs to focus on neighborhood housing and safety. In 2014, WUMC sponsored the Safe Block program to help residents receive added security features at no cost to them, including window locks, exterior motion detection lighting, deadbolt locks, and fire extinguishers. Between 2015 and 2020, through the Forest West Properties RFQ, 50 additional units of affordable rental housing were added to the neighborhood, along with market rate for-sale housing filling in the long vacant southwest quadrant of the neighborhood.

2020 - Present

Today, WUMCRC continues its mission by working with organizational partners, neighborhood residents, business owners and community stakeholders to provide technical assistance and capacity building in efforts to further enhance safe and sustainable neighborhoods surrounding the medical campus.

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