COVID-19 has changed life in St. Louis in unimaginable ways. Families are grieving, jobs have been lost, and small businesses are struggling to stay open. During this crisis, Jack has worked tirelessly to ensure relief money goes to keeping families in their homes and to helping small businesses pay their employees.
As a member of the City of St. Louis Coronavirus Special Committee, Jack has collaborated with fellow aldermen to provide over $35 million in relief to St. Louisans. Through their work, Jack and his colleagues developed and funded the St. Louis City CARES program, a $7 million fund providing rent or mortgage assistance to those affected by COVID-19. Jack also worked to establish a $1,250,000 Small Business Grant Fund to help small businesses stay open and pay their employees.
PUBLIC SAFETY & WELLNESS
Downtown and the historic neighborhoods of the 8th Ward are the heart of St. Louis’s nightlife, sports, and restaurant scenes. As alderman, Jack is committed to working with community and city stakeholders to build a welcoming and safe environment in the 8th Ward.
In recent years, St. Louis has made significant strides towards improving public safety. But lately, an increase in gun violence has threatened that progress and COVID-19 has put additional strain on the city’s public safety efforts. Jack believes residents, business owners, and visitors deserve to feel safe and well in the community.
As alderman, Jack works closely with neighborhood associations, community organizations, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and neighborhood taxing districts to make responsible investments to enhance safety and wellness in the 7th Ward. These include support for community and recreation centers, improved lighting, enhanced camera systems, and secondary patrols to help keep neighbors well and neighborhoods safe.
FORWARD-LOOKING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The 8th Ward is the front door to St. Louis and home to many of the region’s most iconic institutions, including the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium, and Soulard Farmer's Market. As an alderman, Jack has fought for tax dollars to be reinvested into the neighborhoods of the 8th Ward and has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in private investments, bringing good paying jobs and small businesses to the community.
Some notable recent development projects in the 8th Ward include:
Enterprise Center Improvements, $100 million in renovations to the City-owned facility that is home to the St. Louis Blues. As a result of the renovations, the Blues ownership has secured the right to host future NCAA basketball, wrestling, and hockey tournaments that will bring millions of dollars of revenue to the City of St. Louis.
The Bordeaux Apartments, a historic rehab of the long-vacant Bouras Mop Factory, located at Park and Dolman in Lafayette Square, into 50 market-rate apartments catering to students at the nearby A.T. Still Dental University.
1400 Russell Apartments, a $30 million, 130 unit, multi-family housing development on the site of a former vacant warehouse at 13th and Russell in Soulard.
Peper Lofts, a $12 million redevelopment of a historic building on Laclede's landing into 50 apartments. This was the first residential development project on Laclede’s Landing and served as a catalyst for additional multi-family developments currently underway on Laclede’s Landing.
Ballpark Village Phase II, $260 million expansion of Ballpark Village which includes a high-rise luxury apartment building, a new Live by Loews Hotel, a state of the art gym and additional bars and restaurants.
Charless Village, five new-construction, energy-efficient and affordable homes on the 2200 block of Shenandoah in McKinley Heights.
Steelyard Apartments, a $46 million, 128 unit, multi-family housing development on the site of a former industrial site at 7th and Victor in Soulard.
Residents and businesses of the 8th Ward depend on Jack to help get results from City Hall. From potholes to problem properties, Jack works in close partnership with City officials to solve problems and improve quality of life in the 8th Ward.
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