Wide Support Emerges for City to River’s Boulevard Plan

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.

3 Responses to “Wide Support Emerges for City to River’s Boulevard Plan”

  1. Brian says:

    East-West Gateway would be an important supporter to add. They rank the region’s transportation priorities. Their Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the St. Louis region also ends up being included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for MODOT. And the Mayor and Aldermanic President sit on Gateway’s Board of Directors as voting members, along with non-voting MODOT.

  2. City to River says:

    City to River has been in touch with EW Gateway and understands the role they play in the region. We know that EW Gateway and its Board will play a central role in final planning of any highway removal.

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