Updates: COVID-19, Support Downtown Bars/Venues, Happy Hour Canceled

Coronavirus Updates in St. Louis

As displayed in the recent press conference from Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis City has its first presumptive positive COVID-19 case. Also, updated instructions have been put in place to help further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The DNA Board believes that the best way to address coronavirus concerns is by sharing reliable information with our membership community. For more information about the St. Louis City plans, response, and cases regarding COVID-19, visit:
https://www.stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/health/communicable-disease/covid-19/index.cfm

While we continue to assess the situation, we will update DNA membership on any changes to future events.

 


Support Downtown Bars, Restaurants, & Venues

Thanks to Vice Chair Dan Pistor, DNA has a list of downtown restaurants, bars, and other venues that are offering special services / hours during this time. We’ll try to keep this updated as much as possible while new information continues to be shared regarding access to public-facing spaces.

Please consider using their curbside, takeout, delivery service, or even buying a gift card/certificate for later use! Visit the following link to view a partial list of local food-serving businesses:
http://bit.ly/DNAFoodBizC19

Have a bar, restaurant, or food service venue that you want to add or have a different update? Email us!


DNA March 2020 Happy Hour Canceled

The DNA Happy Hour scheduled at The Note Bar on March 26, 2020 has been canceled.

The Note Bar posted the following message on their Facebook Page on March 17, 2020:

“Due to the growing concern of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we will be closed until further notice to ensure the safety of our guests, as well as our staff. We apologize for any inconvenience, and urge everyone to stay safe so that we can get back to serving you the best food and drinks around. Oh yea, and so we can get back to some Blues hockey!!!”

DNA March 2020 Town Hall & Bylaws Vote

DNA Town Hall ft. Design Downtown STL

Join us on Monday, March 9th at 6:00 PM for our March 2020 Town Hall at the St. Louis Public Library – Central auditorium, 1301 Olive Street. Metered parking available.

Voting members will be approving a new set of bylaw amendments (see details, below).

Hear about the updated progress of Downtown St. Louis, Inc.’s Design Downtown STL initiative from its representatives, information from the current DNA Board of Directors & local elected officials, and about new events and businesses in the region.

Meet us after the meeting during our DNA Social at Missouri Bar & Grille, 701 N Tucker!


Colorful block image with the words "DNA St Louis Bylaws" in white letters.

Reminder: DNA Bylaw Amendments Vote

As mentioned during the January 2020 Town Hall, the DNA Board of Directors worked on modifications to the existing bylaws to more accurately reflect the needs, wants, and priorities of the residents as well as the businesses within Downtown St. Louis. A working copy of those modifications were made available at that time.

Below is a quick synopsis of those modifications, which are being submitted for membership approval and vote at the March 9, 2020 Town Hall.

Summary of Amendment to Bylaws:

  • Distinguishes between “General” (voting) members and “Associate” (non-voting) members.
  • Specifies the federal regulations by which a small business / entity member will be defined.
  • Removes prohibition on multiple entity members having the same registered agent address and replaces it with a prohibition on multiple entities under common control being granted membership.
  • Permits the board to develop new classes of membership (e.g., group membership based on familial status) at its discretion.
  • Clarifies that nothing in the bylaws will prohibit the board from electing to send a remote written ballot to members in lieu of a vote taken at a meeting of the members, as permitted by Missouri statute.
  • Reduces the minimum membership tenure before running for the board from two years to one year and allows the board to temporarily suspend this requirement in the event that an insufficient number of qualifying candidates run for election to the board.
  • Specifies the duties of the Executive Director.
  • Updates DNA’s policy on nondiscrimination.
  • Adds standard provisions for officer and director resignation, indemnification, and insurance.

Note: This summary does not change the terms of the bylaws amendment and is only being provided as a convenience. Neither this written summary nor any other explanation of the bylaws amendment that may be presented to the members is a substitute for complete review and understanding of the proposed amendment.

Full views of the bylaw amendments being proposed for the March 2020 Town Hall Meeting are available at the following links (Note: the numbering format has been corrected, no other changes have been made since the last edition):

The most current approved bylaws may be found on the DNA website at: http://www.saintlouisdna.org/bylaws/

2020 Board Officers 👥, Happy Hour 🍸, Cmte Mtgs 🏢, & Bylaws Vote 📝

2020 Board Officers Selected

During a Special Meeting of the Board, the 2020 Board met and elected officers for the postion of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Below are the individuals filling those positions for the 2020 year:


Chair – LaShana Lewis

 


Vice Chair – Dan Pistor


Secretary – Jace Brotherton


Treasurer – James Page


Congratulations to our 2020 Board Officers!

DNA Happy Hour in Sen Thai-Asian Bistro

Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 5:30 PM for our next Downtown Neighborhood Association Happy Hour in Sen Thai-Asian Bistro at 1000 Washington Ave (on the corner of 10th & Washington).

Metered parking is available. Bring your neighbors and let’s both support and enjoy our downtown businesses.


Vector Image of buildings with the words "DNA Committees" below them.

February Committee Meetings

Join us for upcoming meetings throughout February.  See the calendar for contacts and details:

  • Safety Committee Meeting – 2/26, 6:00 PM – Lucas Park Grille
  • Building Captains Committee Meeting – 2/26, 7:15 PM – Lucas Park Grille
SAVE THE DATE
  • DNA Town Hall – 3/9, 6:00PM – St. Louis Central Library (Auditorium)

Colorful block image with the words "DNA St Louis Bylaws" in white letters.

Reminder: DNA Bylaw Amendments Vote

As mentioned during the January 2020 Town Hall, the DNA Board of Directors worked on modifications to the existing bylaws to more accurately reflect the needs, wants, and priorities of the residents as well as the businesses within Downtown St. Louis. A working copy of those modifications were made available at that time.

Below is a quick synopsis of those modifications, which are being submitted for membership approval and vote at the March 9, 2020 Town Hall.

Summary of Amendment to Bylaws:

  • Distinguishes between “General” (voting) members and “Associate” (non-voting) members.
  • Specifies the federal regulations by which a small business / entity member will be defined.
  • Removes prohibition on multiple entity members having the same registered agent address and replaces it with a prohibition on multiple entities under common control being granted membership.
  • Permits the board to develop new classes of membership (e.g., group membership based on familial status) at its discretion.
  • Clarifies that nothing in the bylaws will prohibit the board from electing to send a remote written ballot to members in lieu of a vote taken at a meeting of the members, as permitted by Missouri statute.
  • Reduces the minimum membership tenure before running for the board from two years to one year and allows the board to temporarily suspend this requirement in the event that an insufficient number of qualifying candidates run for election to the board.
  • Specifies the duties of the Executive Director.
  • Updates DNA’s policy on nondiscrimination.
  • Adds standard provisions for officer and director resignation, indemnification, and insurance.

Note: This summary does not change the terms of the bylaws amendment and is only being provided as a convenience. Neither this written summary nor any other explanation of the bylaws amendment that may be presented to the members is a substitute for complete review and understanding of the proposed amendment.

Full views of the bylaw amendments being proposed for the March 2020 Town Hall Meeting are available at the following links:

The most current approved bylaws may be found on the DNA website at: http://www.saintlouisdna.org/bylaws/

DNA Happy Hour 🍸, Survey Reminder ✅, NGA Public Viewing 🌎

DNA Happy Hour in Bootleggin’ BBQ

Join us this evening, Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 PM, for our next Downtown Neighborhood Association Happy Hour at Bootleggin’ BBQ at 1933 Washington Ave (on the corner of 20th & Washington).

Metered & street parking is available. Bring your neighbors and let’s both support and enjoy our downtown businesses.


Tell us what you think!

DNA is sending surveys to membership after general/annual meetings and for special events or issues. This one takes about 5 minutes and is anonymous.

Topic: January 2020 Town Hall Agenda

Deadline for responses is Sunday February 2, 2020 (before the next board meeting).

 


Please see the message, below, from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency regarding a free public viewing of the Next NGA West renderings.


Hello, neighbors—

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Next NGA West (N2W) office will host a public viewing of the latest concept renderings showing the future facility in north St. Louis at the Griot Museum of Black History, 2505 St. Louis Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

The viewing will take place from 4-7 p.m.

The new NGA campus will be located at the corner of Jefferson and Cass avenues. Renderings will include both aerial and street-level views of the new facility as well as the fence. Members of the N2W team will be available to answer questions.

No registration is necessary. The event is free and open to the public. Renderings will be made available on NextNGAWest.com following the event.

DSI Futurist Talk 🔮, DNA Happy Hour 🍸, Committee Meetings 🏢

This Evening @ 6:00PM,
St. Louis Central Library – Auditorium

Please see the message, below, from Downtown St. Louis, Inc (DSI)’s Design Downtown STL initiative regarding a free talk by Futurist Anthony Townsend.


Dear Downtown Neighborhood Association Member:

I want to invite you to learn about the future trends shaping cities like St. Louis at a public event with futurist and author of Smart Cities, Anthony Townsend. Townsend will discuss the key technological and economic trends shaping our cities and how Downtown St. Louis can grow smarter and stay ahead of the curve over the next 10-50 years.

The event, titled “Why Cities Are Amazing And How Technology Makes Them Work,” is hosted by Design Downtown STL, a comprehensive planning process for the coming decade in Downtown.

It will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, in the Auditorium of the Central Library Downtown (1301 Olive Street).

In his presentation, Townsend will focus on topics that will drive the future of cities and downtowns, including retail, housing, leisure, work, mobility, and demographics. He will take a critical look at the readiness of Downtown St. Louis’ innovation ecosystem, draw out insights on how global trends affect the Design Downtown STL plan, and discuss some specific actions or decisions that can be made to address key issues or hedge against risks.

While the event is free and open to the public, in order to gauge turnout, we ask that you register using this Eventbrite link (or click the button below).

I hope you can attend this unique opportunity to hear about the future of Downtown St. Louis from one of the foremost experts on where cities are headed in the years to come.


DNA Happy Hour in Bootleggin’ BBQ

Join us on Thursday, January 30th at 5:30 PM for our next Downtown Neighborhood Association Happy Hour at Bootleggin’ BBQ at 1933 Washington Ave (on the corner of 20th & Washington).

Metered & street parking is available. Bring your neighbors and let’s both support and enjoy our downtown businesses.


  • Safety Committee | Jan 29th @ 6pm
    Lucas Park Grille
  • Building Captains | Jan 29th @ 7:15pm
    Lucas Park Grille

There’s still time to submit your name idea!

The Chouteau Greenway project seeks to connect Forest Park to the Gateway Arch through a series of carefully constructed pathaways. It plans to bring together neighborhoods to the north and south and will stretch north, south, east, and west in an attempt to break through real and perceived barriers in the city.

Folks have said that the name “Chouteau Greenway” is hard to say and spell, and that it isn’t meaningful to everyone. The greenway needs a new name that reflects the changes needed and opportunities that are abound for St. Louisans.

To submit your name idea, click the button below to fill out the form, or text the word “NAME” to 77222, by January 31st.

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