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Bevo Great Streets Plan

St. Louis, Missouri

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments, together with the City of St. Louis and other local sponsors, led this community-driven plan for the Gravois corridor in south St. Louis. The Study Area, a 1.5-mile portion of Gravois Boulevard, is a commercial corridor that runs through some of the city’s most population-dense and diverse neighborhoods. The goal of the plan was to create a holistic and actionable vision for improvement.

Our Approach

To support this effort, Development Strategies provided detailed analysis of demographic, land use, economic, and market trends impacting the Study Area, and projected demand for housing, retail, office, and health care uses. This analysis helped the planning team identify development products appropriate for the Study Area.

The market analysis also underscored the importance of a strategy to competitively position the Bevo district within the broader context of south St. Louis. That is, to reach its long-term potential, the corridor must foster a distinct identity and make investments that create a desirable environment for businesses, consumers, and residents alike. With this end in mind, Development Strategies created a market strategy outlining a series of recommendations for improving the market environment, including a districting strategy, capacity building recommendations, catalyst projects at key opportunity sites, and targeted neighborhood reinvestment.