Leaders of St. Louis City neighborhoods outside Park Central Development focal area frequently contact staff for advice. In 2014, Bevo Neighborhood stakeholders (business owners, property owners, residents, and Alderwomen Carol Howard and Beth Murphy) began discussions about Park Central Development working in that area. Despite its current state of decline, Bevo is one of the most unique and historic neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis and has the potential to become one of the next “IT” districts. As the conversation progressed, an anonymous donor agreed to sponsor Park Central Development’s efforts to establish a Community Improvement District (CID) along Gravois Avenue. With research completed, Park Central Development began meeting with property owners and went door-to-door to meet business owners in the fall of 2015. Following an enthusiastic reception from the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce, a vigorous 2016 schedule for establishment of the Bevo CID was set.
All of that hard work paid off in spades and the Bevo CID was established October 7, 2016. The CID will levy a small tax on the property owners located in the boundaries and the money will go to public infrastructure improvements as well as safety and security to help revitalize the district.