ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The next phase of a push to help a north St. Louis neighborhood plagued by violence begins Wednesday morning.
"The College Hill Hot Spot Initiative" is already paying off with many arrests. But now a new effort is underway in College Hill. The effort was sparked by several recent shootings in College Hill, including three murders.
This next phase is basically about giving the area bordered by Grand, West Florissant, I-70 and Warne a major facelift.
Crews from several city agencies joined police in College Hill Wednesday morning as part of the second phase of the initiative.
Workers from the city’s Forestry Division, the Building Division and the Health and Street departments are all out helping with the effort.
Crews are boarding up and securing 15-20 vacant buildings along with cleaning up weeds, trees and trash. They’re also addressing derelict cars and looking into cases of possible animal neglect.
The stepped-up police efforts in College Hill started about two weeks ago with 80 extra officers combing the streets in the area.
At least 30 arrests have been made.
This second phase now transitions from increased patrolling to helping clean up the community.
We’re told the efforts in College Hill will continue as long as they’re needed.
Authorities say the hot spot policing model being used in College Hill will also be employed in other city neighborhoods needing help.