Lemay to Get Multi-Million Dollar Rec Center
CLAYTON (KMOX) - St. Louis County is planning for a new, $12 million community center to be the "focal point" of Lemay.
"This will be a three-story facility that's nestled into Jefferson Barracks Park," County Economic Council spokeswoman Kathryn Jamboretz told KMOX late Monday. "[The aquatics center] will have a kids' part, a lap pool and a lazy river," in addition to an indoor gym and meeting space.
Residents will get their first look at a scale model of the building on May 16th, during a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Hancock Place Elementary.
Nearby River City Casino will write a $5 million check toward construction, with the remaining amount to come from bonds issued by St. Louis County but paid for through casino lease payments.
Jamboretz told KMOX that the casino's payments are fixed and the County does not expect to ever be stuck with the bill.
County Executive Charlie Dooley said in a statement:
"We spent a lot of time in this process listening to citizens and what we heard over and over again is that a community and aquatic center is tops on their list. This will be a great addition to the neighborhood."
Jamboretz said a yet-to-be-determined tax on River City Casino customers will help with operating costs that aren't covered by admission fees.
Groundbreaking is expected early in 2013 and an opening by the start of the 2014 pool season.
Twenty-time Grammy winner Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play the 54th Annual Grammy Awards February 12th. The show will air on CBS. The Recording Academy announced this morning that Springsteen and company will make the Grammys the first stop on their upcoming Wrecking Ball tour.
The Boss joins a list of Grammy performers this year that includes Paul McCartney, Adele, Foo Fighters, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars. The Grammys are known for high-profile collaborations and this year will see Coldplay with Rihanna; Glen Campbell and Blake Shelton together with The Band Perry; and Kelly Clarkson will duet with Jason Aldean.
Newly announced stars presenting Grammys this year include actor and recording artist Jack Black, six-time GRAMMY winner and current three-time nominee Fergie, three-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Amir “?uestlove” Thompson of the Roots, and nine-time Grammy winner Ringo Starr. They join previously announced presenters Dierks Bentley, Drake, Miranda Lambert, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
LL Cool J will be hosting the Grammys for the first time. He’s been hosting The Grammy Nominations Concert since it started in 2008. He’ll be the first official host in seven years, replacing a system of rotating presenters acting as master of ceremonies. The Grammys will be shown live Sunday February 12th.