The City Garden Facility Story – How Did We Get Here?

The City Garden Facility Story: How Did We Get Here?
A Story of Creative Financing, Tax Credits and Community Collaboration for the Common Good

Question:  How can government, corporations, small businesses, and non-profit agencies better support each others’ work in their respective sectors while partnering together to create positive social change?

Answer:  Come find out at a Panel Presentation highlighting the City Garden Facility Deal!

When City Garden, a small, neighborhood charter school in St. Louis with few financial resources, was seeking to resolve its facility challenges, numerous partners came together to craft a deal that includes New Market Tax Credits, state and federal historic tax credits, bank financing, private contributions, and nonprofit loan.

Collaboration and creativity made it possible for a small, grassroots school to move into a newly-renovated, state of the art LEED facility.

Now, City Garden’s success, and its move to the Botanical Heights Neighborhood are profoundly impacting neighborhood stabilization and education reform efforts in St. Louis.

Panelists from Participating Organizations will discuss:

  • What did it take to make this deal happen?
  • What was each entity’s role?
  • Why did each community partner get involved?
  • How can this project serve as a model for public, private and non-profit partnerships?

Where:  City Garden Montessori’s new state-of-the-art, LEED facility located at 1618 Tower Grove Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.  Tours of the school will be available.

When:  January 30, 2014 – 5:30 pm

  • 5:30 – H’ors D’Ouevres and Open Bar, Tours of City Garden School
  • 6:00 – Introduction: “McRee Town: Then and Now”
  • 6:15 – Panel Q&A
  • 7:00 – Question & Answer
  • 7:30 – Tours of City Garden School
  • 8:00 – Close

To Register:  Tickets are $25.00 per person.  To register for this event, please click here.  For more information, or if you have any questions, contact Christie Huck at

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