To The Delmar Loop and University City Community,
The LSBD Board wanted to provide an update to the Delmar Loop and University City Communities regarding the recent events in our neighborhood as well as organized relief efforts to assist with damages to business properties.
First, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude at the overwhelming support we received from so many of you. From those who donated supplies, to those who helped clean up, to those who created the beautiful artwork that now hangs in place of the windows at our local shops – we are so very thankful. We also want to thank everyone who has come down to shop and support the neighborhood since the event occurred. Your continued support of The Loop makes a huge difference to these businesses. We cannot express enough how meaningful and important your continuing support is to all of us.
Members of The West Loop Board, University City Chamber of Commerce, and the East Loop liaison met early this week to discuss a path forward after the events this past weekend. One outcome of that meeting was that the University City Chamber of Commerce has generously set up a donation page that can be used by anyone who wishes to donate. One hundred percent (100%) of all donations (minus any actual credit card fees) will go to affected businesses. Donations can be made in the form of check, payable to University City Chamber of Commerce and mailed to University City Chamber of Commerce, 7700 Olive Blvd., University City, MO 63130 or via this donation linkhttp://universitycitychamber.com/store/delmar-loop-donations.
Please feel free to share this information on social media and with anyone making inquiries.
The St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce has also set up a hotline to collect information from businesses within our region that have been affected or damaged by demonstrations over the past few days. If your business was directly impacted, or if you know of a business that was impacted, please contact them at this hotline number: 314-205-3234 or email [email protected].
The University City Council also met this week in special session and indicated that they will consider making funds available to assist businesses that we were physically damaged during the protests. Other civic organizations also have indicated providing support. Many individuals also have undertaken independent efforts to raise funds in support of The Loop. Members of the Board will be reaching out to everyone, and anyone, who has expressed a sincere interest in supporting our neighborhood. We are hopeful that we will be able to coordinate all those efforts.
We are presently gathering detailed information from individual businesses so we can assess the amount of damages sustained over the past week. We understand that providing relief must be done as soon as possible and we are working hard to that end.
An Art Show/Auction to showcase the great window art created on boarded windows in The Loop is also being planned. We will provide more information on the event as solid plans develop.
As information becomes available, we will continue to inform and distribute via social media, and www.VisitTheLoop.com.
If you do have any questions or concerns, you can always email us at [email protected].
Members of the Loop Special Business District Board