Vandeventer Estates and Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being

One of our 2017 favorite developments in St. Louis was the Vandeventer Estates project. This one is in full swing with the promise of adding 43 homes on the 3900-4000 blocks of C.D. Banks and Finney right at Vandeventer.

I couldn’t be happier with the way Vandeventer looks on this stretch just north of St. Louis University’s campus and other cultural landmarks in the area.

The homes along Vandeventer that have existed for a couple years, are now occupied; it’s heartwarming to see chairs, BBQ grills, etc. right on this busy street…you know people and good buildings with urban form…a city!

There are people around here now in much greater numbers. The city is investing in smart traffic calming in the area as well, with the addition of “speed humps” on West Belle Place right by the new housing. It’s safer to walk and drive around here now. Well done!

The homes look fantastic from the streets and include new sidewalks, street trees and storm water runoff mitigation at the corners.

Also, right across the Vandeventer on the east side is the handsome new-ish building for the Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being.

 1000 North Vandeventer, St. Louis, MO 63113

1000 North Vandeventer, St. Louis, MO 63113

Their mission:

Established by Deaconess Foundation, Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being is a community action tank. Our mission is to build power to advance child well-being in the St. Louis region by strengthening alliances for child-friendly public policy, increasing citizen contact with policy makers, positioning youth and organizers to move systems and engaging faith communities in child advocacy.

Deaconess Foundation envisions a community that values the health and well-being of all children and gives priority attention to the most vulnerable. This community can only thrive if the allocation of power and distribution of resources, benefits, opportunities and burdens are not predictable by, nor predicated on race. Therefore, Deaconess pursues child well-being through public policy and racial equity.
— Deaconess Foundation

Amen to all that! And the building looks good from Vandeventer with new sidewalks, street trees, ADA access, bike racks and handsome landscaping. A great add to the neighborhood.

Keep your eye on this part of town as the many vacant lots in the area are redeveloped with new homes, of which look great with nice street setbacks and exterior building materials.