Which do you prefer? Everyone has their preferences. We want to know yours.
The Downtown St. George Redevelopment Council is currently creating a comprehensive redevelopment plan for the Historic District that we will be presenting to the city council the first week of September. We need your input on what you would like us to include in our plans. Tell us your preferences by taking our short survey.
Who We Are
The Downtown St. George Redevelopment Council is an organization focused on community-led efforts to promote vibrancy downtown. We are brimming with ideas for the Historic District, ideas that we would like to see acted upon quickly in order to get the downtown we all know is possible as soon as possible.
The Redevelopment Council, made up of local residents and professionals, is currently creating a comprehensive plan for the St. George Historic District that we will be presenting to the city council the first week of September. We are hopeful that our concept will be accepted as the new general plan for the district and be used to guide future development and growth in the neighborhood.
The Historic District is a small six block area that encompasses a portion of the originally settled townsite of the city, covering the area from just above 200 N to 100 S between 100 W and 100 E. This district was created to ensure that the charm and historic character of the neighborhood would not be eroded by indiscriminate demolition of existing buildings or the construction of new, large-scale projects.
Of course, keeping the Historic District small-scale and charming does not mean it needs to be stale and boring - quite the contrary. Some of the most vibrant shopping and restaurant districts are made up of quaint small-scale buildings: Old Town Scottsdale, Santa Fe, Lahaina, Mississippi Avenue in Portland, Boulder, Jackson Hole, Santa Monica, and SoCo in Austin, to name just a few. These are areas that are brimming with people day and night. They are destinations.
St. George’s population and tourist industry could easily support such a downtown. What has been missing is a concerted effort by the public and city officials. We are working to change that. If you would like to help create a better downtown and Historic District, please consider getting involved. We promise this will be a fun and exciting project. In the future when you are enjoying our new downtown, you will have the added pride in knowing that your participation helped make it possible.
In our short history we have been very busy advocating for a more vibrant downtown - including trying to prevent wrong-minded projects from getting developed. Below is a timeline of our efforts.
July 2, 2014
We launched the online version of our ‘Pickles or Cucumbers’
survey. Combining these results with the more involved paper questionnaires we have collected, we hope to have a clear idea of what redevelopment projects the community would like to see downtown. These results will guide our planning efforts. Take the survey.
June 25, 2014
We spoke at a meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission asking that they delay approving any new construction projects in the Historic District for 60 days in order that we would have time to present a new community-led plan for the downtown, including new zoning rules which the commission would then be charged with enforcing. Read the speech
June 23, 2014
We have crossed the 2,000 signature mark on our petition asking the city to stop all construction projects in the Historic District until historic protections are strengthened. Read the petition
June 17, 2014
In an article in The Spectrum, city officials finally acknowledge they have a redevelopment plan for downtown and that they have asked the school district to fund it. Specifics of the plan were not made available. Read the article
June 9, 2014
Earlier this year, the city sought funding for their redevelopment plan from the Washington County School District. We sent an open letter to the school board requesting they hold off on agreeing to the city's funding request until we have a chance to comment. Read the letter
June 5, 2014
We were proud to announce the founding of our organization to the St. George City Council. Our announcement is followed by Mayor Pike helping a developer pitch his part of the city's redevelopment plan. This part of the plan, given that Urban Renewal has not agreed to give up their 20 year lease, is focused on the demolition of the Historic J.C. Penney Building and the building of a new structure in its place, as described at the 8:45 minute mark. Watch the video
May 30, 2014
We sent a letter to Mayor Pike and the St. George City Council signed by a majority of businesses in the Historic District (including nearly every local retail and restaurant owner) asking for a halt to all construction in the district until a conversation can be had about proposed development downtown. Read the letter
May 29, 2014
Fox 13 news reported on Urban Renewal raising issues surrounding Historic District preservation. City officials respond by denying their involvement in the Urban Renewal project even though it was part of the redevelopment plan they submitted to the school district for funding. Watch the video
May 16, 2014
Prior to our founding, Urban Renewal sent a white paper to Mayor Pike and the St. George City Council outlining their concerns with the clear lack of zoning laws, processes, and transparency surrounding the protection of the character of the Historic District. The city's unwillingness to respond to the valid concerns and modest proposals in this document prompted the creation of the Downtown St. George Redevelopment Council. Read the white paper
Early May, 2014
City officials tell the owners of Urban Renewal about their, yet unannounced, plan to redevelopment downtown St. George. This wrong-minded approach includes multiple large-scale multi-story commercial complexes in the heart of the Historic District.