Meeting This Week To Update Arch Grounds Renovation Plans

Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  The public gets a chance to see the very latest details of the St. Louis riverfront revedelopment project this week.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial superindent Tom Bradley provided KMOX News with a preview, saying step one will be that long talked-about, long-delayed placement of a “lid” over I-70 so visitors don’t have to dodge cars on Memorial Drive just to get to the Arch Grounds.

“Making it safe and convenient to walk to the entrance,” Bradley said.

Once they get there, what else might visitors see on the new Arch Grounds?

“A new entrance to the museum on the west side facing the mall,” he answered. “New exciting exhibits, new programming on the park grounds.”

And plans also call for actually raising Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. on the riverfront a couple of feet.

“That dramatically reduces the number of days during the summer that it’s flooded, so we can have much more extensive programming,” Bradley pointed out.

Bradley caused a bit of a stir during an event last month in which it was announced that the I-70 lid project would get $20 million in federal funding, when he suggested the public would see a “scaled down, leaner project.”

He quickly backed away from those comments.

“It’s not that things are scaled back,” he clarified to KMOX News. “We’re going to give a little more specificity on what’s happening. So more semantics than anything else, and my mistake.”

A public hearing in which project leaders will update the public on the design plan and next steps for CityArchRiver 20-15 happens at 6 pm this Wednesday, Jan. 25th, inside Ferrara Theatre at America’s Center.



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