An abandoned factory in the city's near north side will house veterans and ex-offenders who are clients of St. Patrick's Center which helps the homeless.
A grand opening and tours of the new low-income housing called St. Louis Stamping Lofts will be this afternoon. The 56 lofts are located at Cass Ave. and Collins which is the four-story St. Louis Stamping Company building, built in 1870 and listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will join partners North River Development, Pinnacle Entertainment and the St. Louis Equity Fund. The housing was funded by a nearly ten-million dollar project financed by tax credits.
The residential facility also offers St. Patrick Center supportive services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, including veterans and ex-offenders and veterans.
St. Louis Stamping Lofts is part of a larger planned development called FarmWorks. When completed, FarmWorks will include a green business incubator and urban farm.
The incubator will focus on distribution and processing of locally grown foods. The indoor/outdoor farm will feature aquaponics, hydroponics, vermiculture and vertical growing systems.
St. Patrick Center and Gateway Greening will partner on an innovative training and job placement program to help residents grow and market food.