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Trailnet Hosts National Bike To Work Day in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 16, 2017 - Trailnet will celebrate the St. Louis region's 12th consecutive year of National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20, by hosting commuter refueling stations across the area.

From 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., morning and evening bike commuters can stop by the refueling stations offering coffee and bagels. Some locations include:

Missouri History Museum, Missouri Botanical Garden, Kaldi's on Demun, and our newest Breakfast for Bikers location, Kaldi's on Laclede and Vandeventer. Major employers and small businesses participating include HOK, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Zee Bee Market, Saint Louis County Complete Streets Interdepartmental Advisory Team and more. After work, bikers can make their way to local breweries - Urban Chestnut in The Grove, 4 Hands Brewery, Schlafly Tap Room, and more - to enjoy drink specials at our happy hour stations.

National Bike to Work Day was founded in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. This year, the League elevated St. Louis from a Bronze to a Silver Level Bicycle Friendly City in recognition of our progress with safely connecting people to the places they want to go.

"The Silver award honors the City's dedication to improving conditions for people on bicycles. Increasing safe connections is important to our residents. ," says Trailnet Executive Director Ralph Pfremmer. "The number of people biking continues to rise and Trailnet works to make this transportation option safe, easy and accessible for all."

National Bike to Work Day encourages people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving. Last year, nearly 500 commuters turned out for the event. Participants can discuss preferred routes, learn rules of the road, and meet bicycle commuters in their own neighborhoods. Participants can also learn more about upcoming Trailnet events at these refueling stations.

"We want to make St. Louis one of the best regions for walking and biking in the country," says Pfremmer. "We know that safe biking connections are important to our civic and business leaders, because they are an economic driver and add vitality to our region."


New Community Bank Opens in City of St. Charles
ST. CHARLES, MO, (SLFP.com), May 16, 2017 - Midwest BankCentre and Lindenwood University co-hosted a gathering Tuesday morning to mark the opening of the bank's second branch in St. Charles County at Lindenwood's University Commons mixed-use development, across the street from the main entrance to the campus.

The new, traditionally styled 5,200-square-foot full-service facility, located at 1820 First Capitol Drive, will employ a staff of six banking professionals. Features include three indoor teller stations, customer computer kiosks, a 24-hour ATM and two drive-up banking lanes. It also provides a community meeting room with a big-screen TV, WiFi service and a whiteboard for use by student, business and community groups. Key members of the project team include M+H Architects, architect; O'Toole Design Associates, interior designer; and Blanton Construction, general contractor.


City Issues RFP for Chuck Berry Museum and Cultural District
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 9, 2017 - The deteriorating single story, red-brick house at 3137 Whittier Street on the city's north side is just one of many crumbling structures in need of renovation before the Ville neighborhood subcumbs.

This house, owned by LRA, was designated as a nationally significant structure on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. It is also the birthplace of Chuck Berry. In a studio edition at the rear of the house, he wrote and recorded some of his most famous works, including "Maybelline", "Roll Ove Beethoven", "Too Much Monkey Business", "Rock and Roll Music", "School Day", "Sweet Little Sixteen", and "Johnny B. Goode".

The City of St. Louis seeks to foster cultural district and neighborhood revitalization with RFP for Chuck Berry's home in the Ville.

According to a release from the St. Louis Development Corporation: "In the early 1900's, The Ville was of the few areas of St. Louis where African-Americans could own property. By the 1930's - around the time of Berry's birth, it had become the cradle of culture for Black St. Louis. The neighborhood attracted major Black figures in a number of fields, and produced a disproportionate number of individuals who went on to achieve world-wide recognition, including Tina Turner, Dick Gregory, Arthur Ashe, Annie Malone, and Josephine Baker.

Today, the area still has many important historic and cultural assets like Sumner High School and Homer G. Phillips Hospital. More recently and further south, Delmar Boulevard, often described as the "Delmar Divide", is home to both Blueberry Hill (where Chuck Berry played till he passed away) and the Scott Joplin House. At the same time, the recent success and investment in the National Blues Museum has positioned St. Louis at the center of a cultural hub. And though Chuck Berry is only piece of this story, his home in the Ville remains a critical link to City's musical history.

The City believes that the 3137 Whittier Avenue property and the investment potential surrounding the house offer us the opportunity to think big about how the redevelopment can preserve Berry's legacy, while at the same serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization and cultural tourism. Moreover, the property is also located only two blocks away from Fair Station, which is located on the region's planned north/south MetroLink alignment. This adjacency further offers the opportunity for improvements to enhance the museum experience, and establish a destination and identity for the future station area as the same time. At the core of this request, the City is seeking proposals to establish a destination museum experience and transit-oriented community anchor that will catalyze housing investment and foster connections to our City's cultural and music heritage.


The deadline for submitted a development proposal is July 10, 2017. For more information, contact Bryan Taylor Robinson AICP at robinsonb@stlouis-mo.gov before May 29.


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Archived St. Louis Community News and Information:
 Tackling Vacancy: St. Louis Land Bank Assessment
 City Secures $1 Million Federal Grant to Rapidly Re-house People Experiencing Homelessness
 Grand Opening Planned for Trojan Park
 City of St. Louis Launches Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
 Mayor Slay Launches St. Louis Riverfront Butterfly Byway at Bellerive Park
 "Adinkra Tower" Sculpture Dedicated on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

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