Archive for August, 2010

Special Event this Wednesday Night @ the Tap Room

Monday, August 16th, 2010

City to River STLStyle Trivia and Arch Design Concepts Event

City to River is hosting an event this Wednesday evening, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Schlafly Tap Room, located at 2100 Locust Street.  We will present information and images of the designs submitted by the five finalists in the City+Arch+River Competition that are to be released to the public Tuesday morning.

You will have a chance to tell the competition jurors what YOU think of the designs and win prizes playing St. Louis Trivia with Randy Vines of STL Style and Matthew Morning of Dotage St. Louis!

In accordance with City to River’s mission to advocate for improved connections between the communities of the central riverfront and the river, we will be encouraging people to comment favorably toward any designs that incorporate highway removal and replacement with an urban boulevard. Laptops for commenting online and comment cards and will be available.

We have a Facebook event set up, so please RSVP and share the invitation with all of your FB friends.

If you or you cannot make the event, we encourage you to visit the competition website, review the designs, and make comments online.

You can also view an exhibit of the designs and make comments in person in the underground lobby of the Gateway Arch from Aug. 17 – 23. Arch lobby summer hours are 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.

There is only a ONE WEEK comment period ending Aug. 23 for the public to weigh-in about what they like or don’t like before the jury begins deliberations to decide the winner. This is your opportunity to have a real impact on Downtown St. Louis and the riverfront for the next 50 to 100 years!

For more information about City to River and our vision to re-connect Downtown St. Louis with the riverfront visit our website.

Wide Support Emerges for City to River’s Boulevard Plan

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

St. Louis stands at the doorstep of a transformational moment in its history.   The “Framing a Modern Masterpiece” competition promises not only to add exciting new features to the home of the Gateway Arch, but finally to weave the spectacular park and the riverfront back into our urban core.  City to River–together with the rest of the region’s residents, business community, and political leadership–eagerly awaits the unveiling of the design teams’ plans for achieving the competition’s bold goals.

An ever increasing number of these key stakeholders representing a wide cross section of St. Louis have expressed support for the option of highway removal as an urban design solution. Today, a wide range of businesses and organizations representing developers, real estate, transit, hotels, property owners, and more are saying they want the City reconnected to the Arch and riverfront, that I-70 should be removed and replaced with a boulevard. In addition, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has called for St. Louis to “plan for highway removal” and the National Park Service has stated that they “strongly support highway removal.” The following St. Louis businesses and organizations have endorsed City to River’s vision:

Chivvis Development – developers of Chouteau’s Landing, just south of the Arch

Citizens for Modern Transit – local transit advocacy organization

Coldwell Banker Commercial – leading area commercial real estate firm

Drury Hotels – Drury Plaza, Drury Inn – Convention Center – major Midwest and downtown hotel operator

Environmental Operations – developers of former St. Louis Centre mall and One City Centre office tower

Gentry’s Landing – high-rise riverfront apartment community

Hilliker Corporation – leading area commercial real estate firm

Laclede’s Landing Merchant’s Association – organization representing Laclede’s Landing businesses

Laclede’s Landing Redevelopment Corporation – organization representing Laclede’s Landing property owners

Landmarks Association of St. Louis – St. Louis’ leading historic preservation organization

Lodging Hospitality Management – owner/operator of Ballpark Hilton

LoftWorks – Craig Heller – developers of Syndicate Trust, The 411, City Grocers, and several other Downtown buildings

Mansion House – high-rise riverfront apartment community

Mayor’s Vanguard Cabinet – Planning and Land Use Committee

North Riverside Holdings – Tim Tucker and Mark Schulte – owners of Cotton Belt building on North Riverfront

Open Space Council – committed to conserving, protecting and sustaining land and water resources throughout the St. Louis region

Spinnaker St. Louis – Amos Harris – developers of Laurel project in former downtown Dillard’s building

St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission – lead St. Louis convention agency

St. Louis Chapter of American Institute of Architects – local chapter of national organization

William Kerr Foundation – committed to projects designed to improve education, enrich the environment and promote health and accessibility with offices on North Riverfront.

Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association Endorses City to River

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Dear City to River Organizers and Supporters:

The members and staff of Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association are very impressed with the awareness and support you have built for the City to River plan, and with the wide-spread conversation it has started throughout the region. The removal of Interstate 70 (both above ground and below) from Poplar Street to Cass Avenue promises to be a renaissance for downtown S1. Louis’ eastern boundaries and a testament to the ability of an involved, passionate community to produce major, positive upgrades in our great city.

As downtown St. Louis’ only entertainment, dining and business district east of Interstate 70, we welcome the possibility of a new at-grade Memorial Drive Boulevard and are eager to see the rest of the city reconnect to the river that we get to view and visit every day. The City to River plan and its potential $1 billion-plus in development and investment ties in perfectly with the new Cass Avenue Bridge project and the City+Arch+River Redesign competition. The final competition concepts will be unveiled in less than two weeks, and we expect the five remaining teams to have considered and incorporated the City to River proposal.

Laclede’s Landing – the city’s oldest district and only riverfront entertainment destination – supports City to River and offers our full endorsement of the plan it has presented. We commit our support and will proudly promote interstate removal, the subsequent development of a new, thriving boulevard, and a successfully reconnected St. Louis City, Arch and River.

Sincerely,

Emily Kochan
Executive Director
Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association