Community. Building(s).

For really new ideas of any kind–no matter how ultimately profitable or otherwise successful some of them might prove to be–there is no leeway for such chancy trial, error and experimentation in the high-overhead economy of new construction. Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.
- Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, 1961

We specialize in historic renovations that preserve the original character of the building while providing the convenience of modern amenities. Most of our projects are buildings that have sat vacant for five years or more prior to renovation. Some have been unoccupied for decades. These are often buildings on the verge of being lost.

Our properties are located in South City, primarily in Gravois Park near Cherokee and Jefferson and range in size and style. Spaces include an eclectic mix of artist studios, retail storefronts, office spaces, and residential apartments and homes, among others. We encourage and give preference to small, independently-owned establishments in order to contribute to the revitalization of our neighborhoods.

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Meet the Team

Missy Andrew

Missy has experience in property and project management, in addition to community development and event planning. Missy loves hands-on work and understands the love and care needed to restore the beautiful spaces in South City. She is currently renovating her 130+ year old home a few blocks from Cherokee Street. Missy knew she was home with South Side Spaces when she saw a vintage optometrist chair in Nebula – it’s just like the one she has in her dining room! Her interior decorating style takes cues from the Addams Family home: part oddities museum, part monument to the history of St. Louis – it’s full of treasures, taxidermy, and great conversation pieces. Ever find yourself a really weird yard sale in South City? Missy was probably your host.

Petr Chernysh

Born and raised in Tajikistan, Petr has traveled the globe gathering skills and experience in a variety of trades. While living in Ukraine, he honed his craft for woodworking while clearing trees for a large rail company. Each day, his team would start by chopping down a tree and then processing the lumber into beautiful, finished products like doors and fireplace mantels ready for sale by end of day.

Petr has gained a deep appreciation for architecture and building design during his travels around the world. His favorite place to see architecture is Brussels, Germany where he often goes to visit family. He was most impressed with the mix of old stonework and modern engineering of the famous bascule bridges St. Petersburg, Russia.

Petr has been with South Side Spaces for over eight years and plays a critical role in all maintenance and construction projects. He is a true jack-of-all-trades and can tackle a wide variety of skilled work. He lives in South City and loves to spend time with his family – in over 30+ years of marriage, he and his wife have never had one argument! His favorite activity is playing sports and games with his two grandsons.

Jason Deem

Jason is responsible for providing the vision, planning, and pre-development work for our projects. He seeks to lower barriers to entry for small businesses and challenges our small team to use our limited resources in ways that make the biggest positive impact on the community. Jason has a penchant for taking on large-scale architecturally significant projects that don’t make financial sense, obsessing over details, and bogging us down for years at a time.

Jason lives on Cherokee Street in Benton Park West. His time off is spent camping, clearing trails, swimming in the Huzzah, and seeking inspiration from objects and places designed in the 60’s and 70’s.

Emily Hood

Emily aims to help turn dreams into realities with tenant ideas and development projects alike. She thrives on seeing old buildings transformed for new purposes and given life by the people, businesses, and communities that occupy them. Ever a pupil at heart, she has a strong desire to constantly learn and improve, and implement new strategies to evolving processes and skills. And yes, we can integrate that with Slack!

In addition to managing business operations, accounting, marketing, and commercial leasing at South Side Spaces, Emily likes sorting through old St. Louis ephemera, visiting local breweries, and tackling too many projects at once.

Jessica Deem

Jessica Deem is a licensed architect and owner of Virescent, a design firm specializing in sustainably-minded historic renovations and contemporary new construction. Jessica is a native St. Louisan and city dweller. Prior to moving back to St. Louis, Jessica worked as a sustainable building consultant in Zürich, Switzerland where she secured the certification for the first LEED Platinum building in Switzerland.

Careers

Our small team manages all aspects of property management and development, including leasing, project management, maintenance, accounting, and community involvement.

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