Winstanly Community Plan
Sinai Developer desires to redevelop the Winstanley Park neighborhood into an identifiable community that includes housing, community services and neighborhood business. The work will include limited renovation of some existing structures, new attached and detached single family housing units, new commercial/retail space, neighborhood park space, ball fields and playground space and expansion of Mt. Sinai Community Center and Church. A map of the Project Area which illustrates the proposed Development Project is attached to Schedule B-1.
The urban core of East St Louis is in dire need of restoration with many miles of vacant lots and unused buildings spread throughout the area. This “empty” look has been created by a mass exodus from the city and has resulted in a feeling of hopelessness for those who remain. There is an uncommon need for strategic investment in the restoration of these neighborhoods and communities. We believe viable, long-term systematic change will only occur through the mobilization of community resources, and that people are the essential resource.
We also realize that this kind of sustainable systemic change happens one neighborhood at a time. Our initial focus is a portion of the Winstanley Community: bounded by Martin Luther King Avenue (Illinois Avenue) to the north, 15th Street to the east, Missouri Avenue to the south and 10th Street to the west. We are involved in this neighborhood, as our Church is located on St. Louis Avenue the main thoroughfare in this neighborhood and a partnership with the New Salem Baptist District Association to build a low-income senior housing unit across the street from our Church. The first phase of single –family housing, Sinai Village was developed on the 12 00 and 1300 Blocks of Martin Luther King and Cleveland. We will continue to address the problems in this target area. This intentional step-by-step method has borne much fruit and we are beginning to see it spark broader interest in restoring the community we serve.