Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)By Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – For now, the old Forest Park Hospital at Hampton and I-64 is going to be replaced by a large parking lot for Zoo patrons.

“As can be expected, traffic and parking is still a concern for the neighborhood and has been for some time, so the Zoo will continue to consider that,” says SWT Design Principal Bonnie Ray.

Ray says that they are in the process of hiring traffic experts to see how the parking lot functions. She adds that there will be free parking and shuttles this year to get patrons back and forth, but most likely on peak weekends only.

Demolition of the old hospital should be done by July, with the parking lot and landscaping done by the end of the year.

She also says that we’ll hear about longer-term plans sometime next year.

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