Local Group Hopes To Restore Historic Downtown Buildings

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Cleaning up and revitalizing. That’s the plan for some historic buildings and neighborhoods just north of the Gateway Arch.

Back in February of this year, an historic building was on our airwaves after a strong wind blew in part of its roof and walls.

Now it’s back in the conversation and local groups are hoping to restore the building into a housing and urban agriculture project.

The livable St. Louis Network and Gateway Greening Organizations have combined with local developer Craig Heller to create the farm works project.

The project is working on redeveloping the building and surrounding blocks into fully functioning low income housing and an urban agriculture plant.

Using green energy, the plant will harvest fish and plants on a closed circuit to produce food to sell locally.

The low income housing is part of a partnership with the St. Patrick’s Center that will also add job training and employment to a part of the northern riverfront that is currently inactive.

The farm works project is already well into its construction phase and targets the year 2013 to begin functioning.

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