Community Advocacy and Education

Community Advocacy and Education

Since the area known as Lemay lies in unincorporated St. Louis County, the LDC acts as the leading advocate for area businesses and residents. The board and staff members of the LDC work hand-in-hand with residents, private developers, and government agencies (local, state and federal) to accomplish the LDC’s mission.

Former National Lead Site Development

The LDC has consistently advocated the development of this 80-acre site, which was vacant for nearly 30 years. LDC supported the Ameristar Development in the late 90’s.

When the St. Louis County Port Authority (owner of the site) released Requests for Proposals for alternate developments after the Ameristar project failed, the LDC responded by funding a study to determine the feasibility of developing a recreational vehicle campground. The LDC opted not to step forward as the lead on this project based on the recommendations of the consultant.

When Pinnacle Entertainment became interested in building a gaming facility on the site, the LDC endorsed the project and committed considerable resources to assist in securing public support and governmental approval for the project.

The LDC published newsletters that were mailed to all residents of the 63125 zip code informing them about the details of the development, as well as the benefits to the community; mailed postcards to area residents informing them about public meetings and hearings; provided transportation to those events, printed and distributed signs that were displayed at those meetings; and arranged for speakers at all local, county and state hearings.

Subsequently, Pinnacle Entertainment constructed a $380 million multi-use complex that includes a 90,000 square foot gaming floor and multiple restaurants. In spring 2012, Pinnacle Entertainment broke ground on an $82 million expansion that will include a 200-room hotel, a 10,000 square foot event center and a 1,700 car parking structure.

Lemay Charting for Change Program

This resident-based initiative, organized and administered by LDC, had a tremendous impact on the Lemay community. From 2000 through 2012, LDC obtained nearly $1 million in grants (primarily from private foundations) for economic development, housing, beautification, youth and other human and social service programs in Lemay.

LDC secured this funding for our partnering organizations that administered the programs, which were developed jointly. These partners include Lemay Child & Family Center, BJC School and Community Outreach, Hancock Place School District, Salvation Army, Carondelet YMCA, and St. Louis Community College.

The following agencies and foundations provided the grant funding for this initiative: Daughters of Charity Healthcare Foundation of St. Louis, Kemper Foundation, St. Louis for Kids, United Way of Greater St. Louis, Area Resources for Community and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Greater St. Louis Regional Empowerment Zone, U.S. Department of Justice and St. Louis 2004 Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative.