We believe that the way to create positive, lasting impact is through continual professionalism, transparent decision making, and global sharing with the communities we serve.
About Park Central Development
Park Central Development is a community development corporation that strives to strengthen and attract investment to neighborhoods throughout the St. Louis region. These neighborhoods include Bevo Mill, Botanical Heights, the Central West End, Forest Park Southeast, King’s Oak, Tiffany, and Midtown. In addition Park Central Development contracts with neighborhoods and commercial districts throughout the City of St. Louis that are seeking assistance regarding neighborhood plans and the creation and/or administration of special taxing districts.
Formed in 2009, Park Central Development is a consolidation of the former Central West End Midtown Development Corporation and the Forest Park Southeast Development Corporation. The merger assisted in creating greater staff capacity and streamlined services to serve the central corridor of the City of St. Louis.
Park Central Development has been involved in multiple community building successes. Throughout the central corridor, Park Central Development serves over 12,000 residents. In 2011, the organization successfully managed a $3.5 million federal streetscape enhancement project along Manchester Avenue. Improvements included narrowing the street, constructing new sidewalks and pedestrian lights, installing new trash receptacles and planters, and overall creating a better pedestrian experience on the commercial corridor. In 2012, Park Central Development led the effort to develop a new two-block park, now called Chouteau Park, in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. Park Central Development has authored two form based zoning plans and neighborhood visioning documents for both the Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods. These plans are the first updates to the zoning regulations in these areas since the 1940s. Park Central Development has produced multiple events, including IndiHop, RFT Music Showcase, the Manchester Bike Bash, an annual Gala, and most notable, the 10th Annual Grove Fest which brought over 25,000 attendees to the Grove and Forest Park Southeast in October, 2015. In 2014, Park Central Development successfully established the Euclid Community Improvement District in the Central West End neighborhood and is now embarking upon the expansion of the Grove Community Improvement District along Vandeventer Avenue. In addition, Park Central Development administers the Forest Park South Business Association. Park Central Development led recruitment efforts for the business association spurring over 50% growth in membership since 2014.