Who We Are

About South Grand Community
Improvement District

The South Grand Community Improvement District (CID) was organized under Missouri legislation in 2001 provide enhanced public safety, maintenance, building improvements and economic development beyond those services already supplied by the city. The district boundaries are on both sides of South Grand Boulevard extending from Utah Place North to Arsenal Street. The CID operates as a political subdivision of the state of Missouri by a board of directors comprised from unpaid volunteers—all of whom are assessment-paying property owners and/or business owners within the district.

Mission Statement

To cultivate a robust and supportive business climate on South Grand in order to establish the Tower Grove community as the premiere urban lifestyle district in the Saint Louis Metropolitan area.

Vision Statement

Further enhance, the South Grand Community Improvement District to become a thriving self-sufficient vibrant community that emphasizes safety, cleanliness, promotions, quality tenant attraction and retention, and infrastructure improvements.


Community Engagement: We believe it is our responsibility to engage our surrounding business districts and neighborhoods in order to foster a positive relationship to better serve the Tower Grove Community.

Economic Development: We are committed to increase our foot traffic through economic development and through capital improvements in order to create a greater return to the property and business owners within the district.

Public Safety: We believe to create a robust business climate it is our responsibility to foster a safe and inviting environment to those who live, work, and play within the district.

Maintenance: We are committed to ensuring a clean environment through ongoing maintenance of the streetscape of the district as well as ensuring the cleanliness of the commercial buildings through programs and/or ordinances.

Board of Directors

Natasha Bahrami President
Café Natasha/The Gin Room  
Rachel Presley Vice President
SF Shannon Real Estate  
Phillip Benoist Treasurer
Commerce Bank  
Matt Ghio Secretary
Ghio Law Firm LLC/ GST Properties  
Lorenzo Andrade 
AH Realty Advisors 
Natasha Bahrami 
Café Natasha 
David Bailey 
Rooster South Grand 
JoJo Prapaisilapa 
Jay International 
David McCreery 
Tower Grove Creamery/G&A of St. Louis Inc 
Timothy Boyle 
City Property Company     


Rachel Witt
Executive Director
3115 South Grand Blvd. Suite 350B
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Phone: (314) 772-5750
Email: rachel@southgrand.org


South Grand Cultural Alliance

Mission Statement

The South Grand Cultural Alliance connects the South Grand business district to the surrounding communities through the arts.

Vision Statement

South Grand is a regional destination known for being a vibrant and dynamic place to live, work and play. Residents and visitors alike enjoy that there’s always something going on, be it amazing food and drink, entertainment, shopping or an event. South Grand is rooted in community, welcoming to everyone and has a flavor all its own.


1. Community Engagement: The input and buy in from neighborhood residents and stakeholders is a key component to our success. We seek input not only to gain a variety of perspectives but also to gain an ownership and stewardship of the district by surrounding communities.

2. Public Art: South Grand is full of incredible amenities – public art enhances the community’s experience. We want people to delight in their walk to the bus stop, inspire introspection during a lunch break in the pocket park, or peak the curiosity of passersby.

3. Identity: Whether people are coming from a block or a continent away, we want to greet and introduce them to the district in a friendly and engaging way so they connect with our brand, know what we have to offer, and feel welcome.

Purpose and Objectives

The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including without limitation the purposes of lessening the burdens of government, lessening neighborhood tensions, and combatting community deterioration.

Implementation: This Corporation will carry out its purpose by using strategies to enhance the South Grand Corridor through public art, festivals, marketing and branding to residents of the Saint Louis region as well as to visitors, for the following purposes:

A. Community Development:
1. To create cohesiveness with the surrounding neighborhoods and institutions, including: Tower Grove Heights, Tower Grove East, Shaw, Tower Grove South, Tower Grove Park, Compton Hill Reservoir Square and Compton Heights.

2. To engage the surrounding community within the South Grand Community Improvement District boundaries

B. Marketing/Branding:
1. To create and develop an identity for the South Grand Corridor
2. To increase the awareness of the South Grand Corridor to residents and visitors

C. Programs: To partner with other entities within the St. Louis region to increase visitors to the South Grand Corridor through the following:
1. Festivals
2. Pocket Park Events
3. Public Art
4. Other events and activities as determined by the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Kit Jenkins President
Compton Hill Reservoir Square, resident  
Kevin Twellman Vice President
Dunaway Books, South Grand Business  
Leah Hofferkamp Treasurer
Compton Heights, resident  
Martin Casas  
Apotheosis Comics and Lounge, South Grand Business  
Sarah Conners  
Tower Grove Heights, resident  
Danni Eickenhorst  
Steve’s Hot Dogs, South Grand Business  
Raquita Henderson  
Shaw, resident  
Jen Kubiszewski  
Tower Grove East, resident  
Kathleen Witek  
Garden District STL, South Grand Business  


Rachel Witt
Executive Director
3115 South Grand Blvd. Suite 350B
Saint Louis, MO 63118
Phone: (314) 772-5750
Email: rachel@southgrand.org

A flavor all it's own

Beautiful community and diversity.
My favorite place to live in St. Louis.

-Liz Area Resident