Welcome to Downtown St. Louis!

Have a wonderful experience in historic Downtown St. Louis!  Stroll the streets of our traditional Central Business District that offers many places to eat, shop and relax.  Enjoy the convenient parking and easy access to all of our businesses. 
Downtown St. Louis is a quaint, picturesque place that is the focal point of the City and is home to many community events.  In addition to the businesses, downtown still has the town's key features including St. Louis High School, Clapp Park and the W.T. Morris Memorial Swimming Pool.  The downtown is truly part of a safe, walkable neighborhood, as the business district is surrounded by residential homes.  You can see a nice selection of Victorian homes, especially along M-46 including the magnificent Elwell Castle on the corner of M-46 and Delaware Street.  St. Louis will make application in 2014 for its downtown to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
In recent years the City has partnered with MDOT and the MEDC on several downtown Enhancement Projects.  Victorian lighting, stamped concrete, sidewalks and landscaping were added on M-46 and South Main Street to the St. Louis Area Historical Society Depot Museum and park area.  The downtown's alleyways and parking lots were all repaved and redesigned to improve access to St. Louis' storefronts.  Parking is easy as most businesses have spaces directly in front of their buildings, with several offering front and rear entrances.  To continue to improve the aesthetics of the downtown, the City replaced 57 Victorian light poles with energy-efficient LED heads with the help of another grant.  Total investment in public improvements over the past ten years is nearly $2 million.
Business activity has improved over this time period, with many new businesses locating downtown. Downtown St. Louis has a nice selection of retail and specialty shops as well as places to eat and get together.  For a complete listing of everything in the downtown, please click on the Business Lists section on the left-hand bar. 
Building owners have shown also a lot of pride in the appearance of their storefronts.  The DDA Facade Grant and Sign Program was instituted several years ago and has provided grant money to businesses to help improve the appearance of their storefronts.  Since the program's inception, over 40 grants have been awarded and every year more businesses invest in their properties and downtown continues to look better and better.
Finally, in 2014 the City of St. Louis begins work on their new City Hall building.  The renovation of the former St. Louis IGA will be home to the City offices as well as the Police Department.  Located at the north end of the downtown business district, this will truly be a cornerstone of our downtown. 
We invite you to stop by any time to enjoy our historic downtown!  Please feel free to call (989) 681-3017 or e-mail stlouisdda@stlouismi.com if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you here! 
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