What is the Grove Community Improvement District?

The Grove CID is a political subdivision of the State of Missouri established by the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen, and approved by the Mayor, at the request of a majority of the property owners in the proposed district and after a duly noticed public hearing.

See the “Community Improvement District Act” (the “CID Act”) codified as Sections 67.1401 to 67.1571 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri (the “RSMo”).

Also see: The Grove CID Petition Filing with the City of St. Louis (the “Petition”) and St. Louis City Ordinance 68107 (the “Ordinance”) establishing the Grove CID.

Where is the Grove CID located?

The Grove CID is located in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood in the City of St. Louis. The CID boundaries generally run along both sides of Manchester between Kingshighway on the west and slightly past Vandeventer on the east. Please click on the link below to view all the parcels of land located in the CID.

Grove CID map

Who runs the Grove CID?

The Grove CID is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors (the “Board” or the “Directors”) originally named in the Ordinance and thus appointed; but hereafter all successor Directors will be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Board of Aldermen.  All Directors must be property owners and/or business operators within the District, or their representatives.

How is the Grove CID funded?

The Grove CID is funded primarily by a 1% Sales Tax approved by the registered voters residing in the District and collected on all retail sales in the District, and an annual Special Assessment imposed on District real property; however, direct appropriations of revenue from the City of St. Louis, private tax-deductible cash donations and grants are also accepted.

What can the Grove CID do?


The CID may fund and/or manage a number of services and projects within the District including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Provide security patrols, personnel & equipment;
  • Provide for weed abatement, litter control and additional trash collection;
  • Provide additional off-street parking;
  • Market CID businesses;
  • Fund special events; and
  • Promote business retention and development.

For a complete list of CID powers see:  Section 67.1461, RSMo.

More information on the Grove CID Annual Real Estate Special Assessments

The Grove CID Petition Filling with the City of St. Louis, incorporated by reference as part of St. Louis City Ordinance 68107, provides: 1) that Special Assessments will be based on the combination of square footage of each parcel of real estate and the square footage of the first floor of the main building, in any, located on each parcel; and 2)  that there will be three (3) classes of real property within the District for purposes of such annual Special Assessment, which classes will be distinguished on the basis of the use of each parcel of property as tax-exempt, wholesale business, and general. The tax-exempt class shall consist of all parcels within the District classified as tax-exempt by the Assessor (the “Tax-Exempt Class”). The wholesale business class shall consist of all parcels within the District classified as commercial property by the Assessor and upon which a business is operated that has thirty percent (30%) or more of its annual sales for the prior year made at wholesale (goods for resale) and which sales are not subject to the sales and use tax pursuant to Chapter 144 of the Revised Statues of the State of Missouri, as amended, (the “Wholesale Class”) as determined by the Board. The general class shall consist of all parcels within the District that are not included in the Tax-Exempt Class or the Wholesale Class (the “General Class”).

At the conclusion of a duly noticed process authorized by Resolution 2009-03, the Board classified all parcels in the District and set the 2009 assessment rates for said classifications with the adoption of Resolution 2009-08, as follows:

Class Per square footage
of the Unit
Per square footage of first floor of
building located on the Unit
Tax-Exempt $0.000000 $0.000000
Wholesale $0.012025 $0.049950
General $0.032500 $0.135000

Following the adoption of Resolution 2009-08, the Board mailed an “impact statement” to each property owner to be so assessed notifying them of their specific Special Assessment amount due no later that December 31, 2009.

Grove CID Documents & Designations

Following The Grove CID Petition Filing with the City of St. Louis and the conclusion of a duly noticed public hearing pursuant to the “Community Improvement District Act,” the District was established as a political subdivision of the State of Missouri by the Board of Aldermen’s adoption of St. Louis City Ordinance 68107 sponsored by 17th Ward Alderman Joseph D. Roddy and approved by Mayor Francis G. Slay on July 28, 2008.

While not officially a part of the Grove Community Improvement District legislation, The Grove Special Use District – Ordinance 67924 (BB343FS 07-08) is an important zoning overlay that, along with theZoning Code of the City of St. Louis, regulates certain prohibited and conditional uses in the CID.

Similarly, certain buildings in the Grove CID have been added to the Forest Park Southeast National Register District even though they have not been designated as an historic district by the City of St. Louis. See National Register Listings in the City of St. Louis on the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office’s website.

While the original National Register District, generally bounded by Kingshighway, Chouteau, Sarah and the property lines north of Manchester, did not include any properties in the Grove CID (see Map of FPSENRD – Dec 20 2001 ), Boundary Increases Numbers 1 and 2 added many buildings located in the CID.  The first Boundary Increase to the District added the buildings along the north side of Manchester from Arco to Newstead and along the south side of Manchester from Kentucky to Newstead (see Map of FPSENRD Increase I – Jun 16 2005); and the second Boundary Increase added eight mid-block buildings along the north side of Manchester, i.e., 4121-25, 4127-29, 4131, 4133/35, 4137, 4139, 4143 & 4145 Manchester, and four buildings just west of Taylor, i.e., 4501-07 & 4509-11 Manchester on the north and 4510 & 4512-14 Manchester on the south (see Map of FPSENRD Increase 2 – Feb 7 2007).