Since August, the North Central Plan Steering Committee, with support from the Deaconess Foundation and the United Church of Christ Church Building and Loan Fund, has been engaged in a community-led visioning and strategic planning process to form the North Central Plan.
The final plan to be completed in Spring 2021 will be based on extensive community engagement and include: a Statement of Core Values and Community Vision; plan goals; and identified projects, programs and actions. A separate implementation plan will also be developed.
The foundation of the planning process will be an asset-based approach. The key asset is the members of the community – the people. Other assets include: schools; churches; all the institutions within the Grand Center Arts District; medical facilities such as the Veterans Administration Hospital; and social and human support organizations. The community will first focus on its strengths and opportunities to create a shared vision for the future that includes their aspirations and will show results.
The North Central Plan will be submitted to the City of St. Louis for final adoption in 2021. When adopted, the community will engage in direct implementation planning and process.