ST. LOUIS — Chances are you've probably seen some rundown, crumbling buildings around St. Louis. You also may have wondered how someone could stand to live next to it, day after day and year after year.
Well, as it turns out, there's a neighborhood doing something about it. The historic Benton Park Neighborhood is not only home to a bunch of popular restaurants and parks, it also has several vacant building renovations.
The historic gas station building at 1956 Utah has been in place since the 1930s. It's being renovated and it will open later this year as a restaurant called Utah Station. The executive chef of the restaurant says it will serve classic American comfort food and lots of vegan options.
At least five other renovations will take place in this neighborhood, including turning the vacant building across the street from Venice Cafe into a housing property.
Katie Berry, the Benton Park Neighborhood Association president, is also a mother of a young boy. Her family has lived in the neighborhood for five years. She said she loves raising her son in Benton Park. She also appreciates business owners and community leaders who are willing to invest in neighborhood improvements.
There are a lot of community events planned for Benton Park. If you would like to learn more about them, click here.