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North Riverfront Community Meeting, Thursday March 10th

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

There is a community meeting this week in Old North about the future of the Iron Horse Trestle project and the important Branch Street connection between Hyde Park and the Riverfront Trail.

The meeting will be at 5:30 pm at the Old North Restoration Group’s Office (2700 N 14th Street) this Thursday, March 10th. It’s open to the public and all interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

City to River supports connections between neighborhoods and the riverfront. The Iron Horse Trestle is a project that will provide a direct link between the Old North Neighborhood and the Riverfront Trail. An overview of the project with maps and renderings can be viewed here. (pdf)

Branch Street is another important neighborhood connector that links Hyde Park and Old North to the Riverfront Trail, the Iron Horse Trestle, the Branch Street Trestle, and the McKinley Bridge and trails beyond.

City to River 2011

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

In February of 2009, City to River was created with a mission to advocate for improved connections between the neighborhoods of the Central Riverfront and the Mississippi River. Since that time, City to River has advanced a vision for better connectivity through the restoration of the downtown street grid, with the long range vision of replacing the downtown lanes of the soon-to-be-former Interstate 70 with a new at-grade boulevard.

Two events led to the formation of the City to River organization. The first was the announcement that I-70 would be rerouted away from downtown over the new I-70 bridge. The second was the announcement by the National Park Service that it would begin a process to update the General Management Plan (GMP) for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (JNEM). This would mark the first time in the history of the Arch that the GMP had been updated.

It’s long been recognized that downtown is cut off from the Arch grounds and its riverfront. Since its construction, the Arch has stood alone on an island, surrounded by a moat of infrastructure barriers. Indeed, in the GMP process, improving connections between downtown, the Arch grounds, and the riverfront was a recurring theme heard from the public and the many planners involved.

Improving physical connections is a strategy, but ultimately, connections are about people. A downtown with more people will naturally bring more people to the riverfront and Arch grounds. A downtown with more businesses, residences, and events brings more people to the riverfront. The vision of City to River is that better connections between the City and the Arch and riverfront means more people embracing the core of the region, the Metro East, the Mississippi River and the Arch grounds.

The preferred alternative of the GMP was to hold an international design competition to establish the plans to improve and manage the 20-30 years of the JNEM. Ultimately, the Michael Van Valkenberg’s MVVA team’s design was chosen as the winner. Since that announcement, there has been a continuing process carried out by various interested parties to finalize a design plan. That design will be presented to the public for the first time January 26, 2011.

This will be the first opportunity for the public to see the final plan for how the various consultants, government agencies, design team members and others propose to improve the JNEM and its connections to downtown and the riverfront. According to the invitation to the January 26 event, there will then be further opportunities for the public to comment on the plan.

The goal of the City + Arch  + River Foundation, sponsors of the design competition, is to have improvements to the Arch and its surroundings completed by October, 2015, the 50th Anniversary of the completion of the Arch. At the January 26 event, proponents are supposed to be announcing a preliminary budget for the total project. Then the challenge is placed back on the people of St. Louis to raise the necessary funds to build the project.

The remaking of the Arch grounds is the most ambitious planning and development effort in the St. Louis region since the revitalization of Forest Park. The results of the Forest Park master planning and redevelopment effort have been nothing short of outstanding. The park is a huge draw for people and is the most beautifully polished jewel in our region. City to River is eager to see the final plans for the future of the Arch and its surroundings and looks forward to participating in the community effort to restore the connections between downtown St. Louis and its riverfront.

4 out of 5 Design Teams Recommend Highway Removal

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

“City to River articulates an enormous number of benefits arising from such a scheme…”

- SOM Team

“..the benefits of removing the highway altogether are clear…”

- MVVA Team

“Full Circle’s grand loop of transportation facilities could be easily integrated into its [City to River’s] design.”

- Weiss-Manfredi Team

“We predict fanfare should the elevated highway that cuts off Laclede’s Landing be removed.”

- The Behnisch Team

Yesterday, five exciting visions were revealed that point toward a bright future for the Arch Grounds and downtown St. Louis.

The proposals unveiled make clear that the teams agree with city to River’s supporters that highway removal is the ultimate solution to fully reconnecting the city with the Arch and riverfront.

Come to the Schlafly Tap Room Club Room tonight (7:30 p.m., 2100 Locust Street) to show your support for highway removal!  Have your voice heard on this pivotal regional issue.  The event is FREE.

View the event on Facebook and RSVP.