Pagedale on the Move – In the Right Direction
The North County City of Pagedale is bursting with pride at the commercial and residential development that has taken place there the last few years. For this community of hard-working folks, the development on Page Blvd. near Ferguson Ave. is a real plus. Thanks to the vision and leadership of Mayor Mary Carter, the Board of Aldermen and Beyond Housing, Pagedale has its first ever full-service bank, Midwest Bank Centre, and the first major grocery store, Save-A-Lot, in decades. The Save-A-Lot store is on target financially. The bank, whose financials are running well ahead of initial projections, is in the lobby of Rosie Shields Manor, a new four-story building with 42 affordable apartments for senior citizens, which opened in December 2012. The Save-A-Lot is just across the parking lot from the seniors’ complex. The seniors’ complex was fully rented with a waiting list before it was even built.
The 2015 addition of a four-screen first-run movie cinema, the 24:1 Cinema, has added excitement and convenient and affordable entertainment for local area residents. The cinema employs residents from the 24:1 area exclusively, including seniors from across the street and youth from the surrounding area. Admission prices are less than most other theatres and at least one children’s movie is always featured so the whole family can enjoy this new venue together. Imagine that – residents can walk to the movie theatre! Proceeds from the theatre go toward early childhood development programs and centers in the neighborhood, which makes this commercial development unique and special. Dollars spent by neighborhood residents are put right back into the local community to spur educational and eventually more economic development. A new retail building was just completed on the same corner, which houses the recently opened Affinia Health Center, and a Wealth Accumulation Center serves area residents just down the street on Page with financial literacy classes and more.
There were several partners responsible for the new Pagedale Town Center, including the city of Pagedale, US Bank CDC, 24:1 Community Land Trust, St. Louis Equity Fund, Wells Fargo, Midwest Bank Centre, Enterprise Bank & Trust, St. Louis County Port Authority Reinvestment Fund, and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. When local government leadership, local residents and the greater community’s businesses work together and decide that a community is worth the investment, amazing things happen to improve the quality of life for the entire neighborhood.