The Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA) is seeking responses from Shaw residents for a ten day period prior to their April 18th Board of Directors meeting on a potential development in the neighborhood. Background on this matter as follows:
On Jul. 28, 2015, the Community Development Administration (CDA), in conjunction with Alderman Steve Conway, sent out a request for proposals (RFP) concerning the property at 3901-05 Shaw (the former Salamah’s Market, Shaw and 39th), with responses due Jan. 30, 2016. On Feb. 14, the accepted proposals were invited to present to the CDA, Alderman Conway, and board members of Tower Grove Neighborhood Community Development Corporation (TGNCDC) and the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association (SNIA). After those presentations, two projects were asked to respond in writing to questions gathered from that meeting. Wild Carrot has responded and is seeking a letter of support from SNIA. The other proposal, Shaw Public Market, has yet to respond to requests. The proposals were given additional time to respond, with an extended deadline of Monday, Apr. 15. If and when the Shaw Public Market Proposal responds to requests, the process to hold a meeting and determine neighborhood input will proceed. The current matter at hand is solely regarding the proposal that responded to date, Wild Carrot.
A meeting was held Mar. 29 for Alderman Conway, SNIA representatives, and invited neighbors from the surrounding blocks of 3900 Shaw to directly address block-level concerns with the Wild Carrot proposal.
A brief breakdown of The Wild Carrot’s proposal is as follows:
The historic rehabilitation described in this proposal calls for the building to be redeveloped into three parts: a 6,000 square foot event space with a two bedroom apartment (above) and a separate 1,200 square foot retail suite accessed from 39th Street. The event space will be operated by co-developers Laura and Casey Bunch, who will also reside above in the apartment. Wild Carrot is open to feedback from neighbors to help determine a tenant for the retail space.
The space will primarily host wedding events Friday through Saturday, with last call for drinks at 11:30pm and events ending by midnight. The Bunches seek neighborhood input on other community-focused events, such as a monthly community movie night or First Friday events open to the public, featuring music and artists. Additionally the Bunches are open to hosting neighborhood meetings in the space when schedules allow.
The project renovation will follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation, striving to refurbish the building to match historic photos of the exterior. The south elevation will have the original masonry openings restored and new, painted, wood, double-hung windows installed on the second floor. The ground floor will include new storefront openings, and replicas of the previous ticket window, display panels, and awning.
The Wild Carrot is also seeking purchase of the two city-owned lots located at DeTonty and 39th. These vacant lots will be left primarily as green space, with new concrete parking areas located on the alley. The property at 3900 DeTonty will be re-landscaped to serve as an outdoor event space and the property at 3866 DeTonty will be used as a garden to support the functions of the event space.
At the neighborhood’s request, security and valet parking can be written into each event contract as stipulated by the liquor license. In an effort to address neighborhood concerns and ease the burden on the surrounding blocks, the Bunches have also secured three additional parking lots in the neighborhood to accommodate overflow parking.
The full proposal can be found at the link below. Paper copies are available at the SNIA office at 4103 Shenandoah Ave.
SNIA is seeking responses from Shaw residents for a ten day period prior to their April 18th Board of Directors meeting, where a vote will be taken to determine whether or not to write a letter of support for The Wild Carrot proposal. Responses (which are public record) can be delivered via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 314.312.2280, which is set up to receive voicemails or texts for the sole purpose of receiving feedback to SNIA. Responses will be compiled and presented to the Board of Directors prior to voting. The ultimate decision on the project lies with Alderman Conway and the CDA.