Thursday SRG Meeting on 7th & Victor Redevelopment

whistler7 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016
Soulard Restoration Group Board and SRG Plan Review Team
Soulard Station, 1911 S 12th

Meeting on Project Revisions for 7th & Victor
Proposed 5-Story, 120-Unit Whistler Apartments

See drawings posted on SRG website. 

Open to the Public. The development team will be on hand to answer your questions.

This is the meeting that many of us wish had happened a long time ago. This is the project where officials were told 1-to-1 parking was not necessary because Millennials do not own cars. There was a rush to get this project approved without adequate input from neighbors. Then The Riverfront Times ran an eye-opener story about the developer. 

Special thanks to Soulardian Lillian Thompson for all her tenacious efforts to get information on this project, bring changes, and get the developers and City to listen to residents.

— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Committeewoman

Short Agenda for Monday Preservation Board Meeting

Pierre Laclede Statue4 pm Monday, September 26, 2016
St. Louis Preservation Board
1520 Market (City Hall West), Room 2000

Full Agenda 

3217 N 9th,
2nd Ward (Owner: Active Acquisitions LLC, 2805 Stone Gate Court, Hiawatha, Ohio 52233) – Appeal of Denial for Demolition


3826-28 Russell, 8th Ward (Owner: Michael G. and Mary E. Bender, 3840 Russell, St. Louis MO 63110) – Appeal of Denial for Retaining Wall constructed without permit..

Thank You, 7th Ward Voters, for Voting 86.51% for Bruce Franks, Jr.

ThankYouVoters.pngTurnout was low for last Friday’s Bruce Franks, Jr. v. Penny Hubbard Re-Vote for 78th District State Representative.

The 7th Ward came in second to 9th Ward, Franks’ home ward.

But we had two weeks to pull this off and we did it! The 7th Ward voted 86.51% for Franks.

Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain and participated in democracy. And a special shout out to the 7th Ward voters who enthusiastically went to their polling place at Sigel School on Friday, only to realize they are in the 79th District and it was not an election day for them.

7th Ward, 4th Precinct (Downtown, votes at Central Library)
Turnout: 10.03%
Franks: 161 Votes (92.53%)
Hubbard: 13 (7.47%)

7th Ward, 5th Precinct (LaSalle Park, votes at St. Vincent de Paul Church Hall)
Turnout: 14.92%
Franks: 179 (77.83%)
Hubbard: 51 (22.17%)

7th Ward, 6th Precinct (Soulard, votes at MCC of Greater St. Louis)
Turnout: 17.96%
Franks: 289 (89.47%)
Hubbard: 34 (10.53%)

7th Ward Total – 3 Precincts
Franks: 629 (86.51%)
Hubbard: 98 (13.48%)

District-wide Vote
Turnout: 15.4%
Franks: 2,235 (76.12%)
Hubbard: 701 (23.88%)

More Election Results for the 78th District Re-Vote, Wards & Precincts

Congratulations to the Next Gentleman From 78th: Bruce Franks, Jr.

brucerallyBruce Franks, Jr. was an amazing candidate and will make an even more amazing state representative.

Bruce won with 76.12%. That is a loud voice for change and a major rejection of the status quo by voters.

Thank you to the voters and volunteers who stepped up to the challenge in yesterday’s 78th District Missouri House Re-Vote.

We need to see that same energy and passion on November 8th for the General Election.

So, take a few days to rest up, and then it’s back to work registering voters, making phone calls, knocking on doors, writing notes to voters, and however else you can contribute to bringing change via the ballot box.

– Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Committeewoman
– Marty Murray, Jr., 7th Ward Committeeman
– 7th Ward Independent Democrats

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Franks wins big in re-do election for 78th District state representative seat

St. Louis American: ‘Thundering victory’ for Bruce Franks Jr. over Hubbard in special election

Riverfront Times: Bruce Franks Jr. Beats Penny Hubbard in Special Election Landslide

Missouri Times: Franks easily defeats Hubbard in special election

St. Louis Public Radio: Franks wins re-do primary in 78th House

KMOX Radio: Franks Wins in ‘Do-Over’ Election in Missouri House District

Channel 5 KSDK: Bruce Franks Jr. wins special election





Friday, September 16th Special Election: Elect Bruce Franks Jr to Missouri House

cscsgbdxgaqfakxIn the Bruce Franks, Jr. v. Penny Hubbard re-match, there is only one choice- change, and Bruce Franks, Jr. is the change agent.

Endorsed by:
7th Ward Committeewoman Marie Ceselski
7th Ward Committeeman Marty Murray, Jr.
7th Ward Independent Democrats
St. Louis American
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri
Sierra Club
AFT Local 420
Ethical Society of Police
6th Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia
79th District State Rep. & 6th Ward Committeeman Michael Butler
8th Ward Committeewoman Annie Rice
8th Ward Committeeman Paul Fehler
9th Ward Committeewoman Sara Johnson
9th Ward Committeeman Bryan Walsh
15th Ward Alderwoman Megan Green
20th Ward Alderwoman Cara Spencer
20th Ward Committeewoman Wendy Campbell
21st Ward Alderman Antonio French
25th Ward Committeewoman Lori Lamprich

CANCELLED: Monday 7th Ward Seed Swap Happy Hour #1

Apologies- Marie Ceselski

Poppies and More is what we’re giving away 6-8 pm Monday at Nadine’s Gin Joint, 1931 S 12th, Soulard. The event page is here. 

We’ll be giving away seeds for fall and spring planting, including poppies, marigolds, hollyhocks, amaranth, butterfly weed, and more.

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Terra Madonna Comes To Soulard

madonna7th Ward Neighborhoods have an abundance of parks that serve as recreation and gardening opportunities. Neighborhood associations grow more and more key to their beautification and maintenance. The latest addition to Soulard’s Pontiac Square Park is a good example.

The park is named for Chief Pontiac, of the Ottawa Nation, who is believed to be buried at Broadway & Walnut in Downtown St Louis.

Artist Uriel Starbuck has donated his sculpture titled “Terra Madonna” to Pontiac Park. She was previously located at Unity Christ Church in the Wydown/Skinker Neighborhood across from Forest Park.

The move and pedestal accommodations were made possible by Soulard Restoration Group’s Beautification Committee.

SRG Beautification will landscape the area around Terra Madonna with butterfly and bee friendly plants.

Terra Madonna is the latest art to call Pontiac Park home. In November 2014, SRG installed the Chief Pontiac art screens around the park’s Shenandoah @ 10th utility boxes.