2013-2014
St. Louis, Missouri

Services
Urbanism
Sustainability

Skinker-DeBaliviere Neighborhood Urban Design & Development Plan

Skinker DeBaliviere is a historic and diverse community with narrow tree-lined streets and historic multi-family and single-family homes. Its directly adjacent to Washington University and Forest Park and serves many generations including college age students, young professionals, families, and the elderly. The residential core is strong but needs redevelopment to serve the changing needs. Neighborhood edges are disconnected, in poor condition, and have auto-oriented development that does not meet the daily needs of the community. The entire neighborhood is within walking distance of three MetroLink stations and can become the premiere, multi-generational TOD community in the St. Louis region. The final plan capitalizes on the community’s unique assets by preserving historic housing; continuing a variety of residential redevelopment; capitalizing on ongoing investment in transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure; improving and increasing parks and open space; and carefully planning the edges of the neighborhood to meet high standards of design and development that the community demands. The Plan envisions a healthy and holistic future, preserves and enhances the physical character, and builds upon the current strong community.

The three phase community planning process was essential in gathering feedback and input from the wide array of stakeholders, community organizations, and diversity of residents.

The plan preserves historic housing; continuing residential redevelopment to serve community needs; capitalizing on ongoing investment in transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure; improving and increasing parks and open space; and carefully planning the edges of the neighborhood so future development serves residents and visitors and meets the high standards of design and development that the community demands.

Additionally, an abbreviated sustainability audit of the neighborhood proposes a series of recommended actions and improvements to increase the long-term sustainability of the Community.
 

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