The Delmar DivineTM is a social innovation, high impact real estate initiative that will set an example for community development, social improvement and collaboration in St. Louis and the nation.
The Delmar Divine transforms good intentions into an action plan for working together, intentionally and deliberately. This mixed-use development for social innovators provides office space, shared services and other resources for not for profits, foundations and community support organizations. The Delmar Divine will also feature approximately 160 apartments designed for the young, diverse professional, providing great and efficient spaces at reasonable prices. Through this initiative this once neglected dividing line of St. Louis, infamously known as the Delmar Divide, will be transformed into the Delmar Divine.
The Delmar Divine is unique. It is the first collaborative space dedicated to maximizing the human and financial capital of St. Louis' social initiatives and institutions. The Delmar Divine tenants will consist of national and local not for profits, capacity building and social innovation organizations who focus on improving the lives of children and families in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
A space of innovation FOR innovation, Delmar Divine will offer a gathering place for great minds to collaborate in office spaces, communal areas with everything they require to work, play and create freely and comfortably in close proximity to their clients. The Delmar Divine centralizes geographically scattered social service agencies together in a robust shared space, providing uplifting work spaces, retail services and housing along with easy access to public transit. As a result, social innovators are able to get to solutions faster while being more cost efficient.
The Delmar Divine is located at the former Connect Care and earlier, St. Luke's Hospital between Clara and Belt Avenues on Delmar on the eastern edge of the West End neighborhood. This historic building with sections first built in 1904 at the time of the World's Fair, has always been a benefit to the community. Fully closed to the public in 2014, this former hospital will be renovated to reflect a 21st century approach to holistic and inclusive community well-being.