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Ameren Missouri Donates 400 Window Air Conditioners
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 30, 2017 - As part of the annual Cool Down S.O.S. (Save Our Seniors) Air Conditioner project, Ameren Missouri is donating 400 window air conditioners to Cooldownstlouis.org, a regional not-for-profit public education and resource charity, which will distribute them to physically disabled and elderly Ameren Missouri customers throughout eastern Missouri.

In a statement, Michael Moehn, president, Ameren Missouri, said "We're fortunate to have Cooldownstlouis.org as a dedicated and proven partner leading this initiative. Over the years, we have formed a productive partnership that aims to keep people cool and safe during the hot summer months. We also appreciate the charity's endorsement of many of our customer service programs, such as our budget billing program, which help neighbors maintain an affordable monthly utility bill. We are proud to support Cooldownstlouis.org and its partner agencies, which do an outstanding job distributing these air conditioners to those in need."

This is the 12th year that Ameren Missouri has sponsored the giveaway. Ameren Missouri also is pleased to donate to Cooldownstlouis.org supplemental funds in the amount of $25,000 for grants to qualified area residents at risk.

The air conditioners are ENERGY STAR®-certified units that meet the strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. They cost approximately 75 cents per day to operate. Eligible recipients (seniors and people with physical disabilities only) will be selected by Cooldownstlouis.org and its partner agencies, which uses age and certain medical circumstances to determine qualification for air-conditioners. However, utility assistance this summer is based also on income eligibility.

"Thank you, Ameren Missouri, and your volunteers for helping distribute these gifts of life. We work feverishly to keep our precious seniors and physically disabled neighbors, alive and well, each summer," said Cooldownstlouis.org's chair emeritus the Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr. "Checking on your neighbors also ensures that we have no fatalities this summer. We operate on the generosity of area contributors. So, I'm pleading with bi-state area residents who can, please donate today, as we prepare to fight the oppressive and dangerous forthcoming St. Louis heat."

The annual giveaway is supported by Commissioner Scott T. Rupp of the Missouri Public Service Commission and also Cooldownstlouis.org board officials: Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt; St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson; St. Louis County Executive Steve V. Stenger; St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann; St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, who also represents the Greater St. Louis Area Fire Chiefs Association; Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr., board emeritus; and Michael P. McMillan, president/CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.


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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