About Christine Ingrassia - 6th Ward Alderman
Your Priorities are My Priorities
Greetings, Neighbors! I hope you are enduring this particularly brutal winter well. I can't remember a year when I've been so ready for spring to arrive. Luckily, the time is flying by as I enjoy remaining busy working on your behalf at City Hall and in the community each day. I have some exciting and meaningful updates to provide to you regarding the work I've undertaken.
As you many of you know, we have undertaken a pilot Participatory Budgeting (PB) project in the 6th Ward this fiscal year. PB is allowing residents to directly control how a portion of ward Capital Improvement Funds are allocated. After hosting Neighborhood Assemblies this fall, budget delegates volunteered to turn project ideas into full proposals, which will be voted on by 6th ward residents at various locations throughout the ward this April 1st - 8th. A Project Expo, for those interested in learning about the proposals to be voted on, will be held at Moulin Events from 3pm - 5pm on March 29th. For the most up to date information on the PB process, please visit www.pbstl.com.
I've been meeting with academics, the City's Community Development Agency, Community Housing Corporations, neighborhood leaders, developers and other to look at new ways to spur commercial and housing development in our neighborhoods. We're in the beginning stages of working on strategic plans along Lafayette, Jefferson and Chouteau Avenues, using a fresh set of eyes and a different spin than in years past. Please set aside April 2nd at 7pm to attend the Gate District East Neighborhood Association meeting at Hodgen Elementary (1616 California). A corridor redevelopment plan for Lafayette Avenue will be presented and the community's feedback is key to ensuring the success of this endeavor.
Subsequent to a few community engagement meetings and a couple of tense months, Saint Louis Public Schools' Superintendent, Dr. Kelvin Adams, made a recommendation to the Special Administrative Board to keep Shenandoah Elementary School standing, as opposed to demolishing this beautiful and historically significant building. Some of the remaining Prop S money will be used to make needed upgrades and we will be reaching out to residents shortly to find out what families would like to see at Shenandoah to make it a viable option for their children's education.
It has been truly rewarding serving you so far. As always, please keep me posted if I may be of service to you.