Grove Community Improvement District

The Grove CID is a political subdivision of the state of Missouri established by the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen, approved by the Mayor, at the request of a majority of the property owners in the proposed district and after a duly noticed public hearing.

The Grove CID is funded primarily by a 1% sales tax approved by the registered voters residing in the district, and collected on all retail sales in the area. There is also an annual Special Assessment imposed on district real property. Direct appropriations of revenue from the City of St. Louis, private tax-deductible cash donations, and grants are also accepted. The CID may fund and/or manage a number of services and projects within the District, including, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Providing security patrols, personnel & equipment.
  • Provide for weed abatement, litter control, and additional trash collection.
  • Provide additional off-street parking. 
  • Market CID businesses. 
  • Fund special events. 
  • Promote business retention and development.

Cortex Innovation Community

Created in 2002, the Cortext Innovation community emerges from the combination of regional university and corporate research into commercial technologies. 

The community is governed by a non-profit board of institutions, community organizations, and civic leaders. Founders include: 

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Saint Louis University 
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • BJC HealthCare
  • Missouri Botanical Garden

The Cortex Innovation Community is the largest innovation campus in the St. Louis region and includes a 200-acre, mixed-use entrepreneurial community. 

The community is intentionally diverse, regarding gender, age, race, culture, and multi-medium tech sectors. It supports a millenial lifestyle and corporate preferences while being a catalyst for inclusive economic change in the St. Louis community.

Youth Activities

WUMC is committed to offering Forest Park Southeast youth the most expansive and innovative programming available. To date, WUMCRC has contributed more than $10M to youth programming in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood.

In 2001, WUMC funded the construction of the $6M Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, Adams Park Unit. This was established to further support positive after-school and summer programs for Forest Park Southeast youth. The state-of-the-art facility includes a computer lab, dance studio, weight room, teen center, full size gymnasium, and adjacent baseball field. 

In order to continue expanding programming and services, the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club was engaged in 2007 to help direct the operations of the center. The Boys & Girls Club provides five core areas: 

  • Character & Leadership Development
  • Education & Career Development 
  • The Arts
  • Health & Life Skills 
  • Sports, Fitness, and Recreation

Youth members have access to activities at the North Grand campus, including free dental services. Clarkson EyeCare has also agreed to establish a free vision care program with the Club. Flint Fowler, Executive Director of Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, stated “The staff and board are looking forward to establishing a productive and long-term relationship with the residents of Forest Park Southeast.”

For additional information, call (314) 652-8300. 

Employment Assistance

Since 2002, Washington University Medical Center has supported MERS/Goodwill to operate a full-time employment agency in Forest Park Southeast – specifically for neighborhood residents. Participants in the program receive three weeks of training on how to be successful on the job. During the training course, MERS/Goodwill works with residents on self-esteem and self-confidence, meeting the challenges of one’s personal life and dealing with the complexities of interpersonal relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The program makes GED courses and additional training available in order to assist participants who wish to continue their career.

Once participants complete the three-week course, MERS/Goodwill employment specialists assist the participants with locating a job. When employed, MERS/Goodwill staff track participants’progress and assist them in overcoming obstacles. 

120+ FPSE residents have completed the program and found employment. If interested in the MERS/Goodwill-FPSE service, visit the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club, Adams Park Unit, or contact Shakira Nasiruddin at (314) 535-3252.

Home Repair

WUMC works with local community organizations such as Rebuilding Together to assist homeowners throughout FPSE to perform the necessary maintenance and repairs on their properties. WUMC staff is actively involved in assisting with renovation projects throughout the community. 

In addition to funding the initiative, WUMCRC recruits new Forest Park Southeast homeowners and provides education on the application process. In the fall and winter seasons, volunteers and contractors review applications in order to assess the home repairs necessary for each home. Finally, around April, hundreds of volunteers venture into Forest Park Southeast to work on a one-day, home repair blitz. Work typically includes plumbing, electrical, interior and exterior painting, landscaping, tuck pointing, guttering and roof repair.

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