It looks like some of the projects planned as part of the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds won't be finished in time for the Arch's 50th anniversary. A construction timeline released Tuesday estimates that some of the work won't be done until six months later.
Project leaders tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the delays stem from the complexity of the renovations and the number of projects involved.
The good news is that most of the work is projected to be done by the October 28, 2015 anniversary, including the park over the interstate. But the northern trails to the riverfront won't be finished until December 2015, and the museum won't reopen until May, 2016.
Almost before any work has begun, the renovation of the Gateway Arch grounds may have run into a four-month delay.
The $380 million plan was presented Wednesday to a National Park Service board that must approve the project. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the federal Development Advisory Board, refused to sign off on the plan because of what is essentially, a paperwork issue.
CityArchRiver 2015, the non-profit that's spearheading the renovation efforts refused to provide a series of agreements between it and the park service. CityArchRiver leaders say that's because the park hasn't signed a new deal with Metro to run the Arch trams, and thus guarantee that tram fees will be used to pay for much needed repairs to the tram systems.
Those contracts are reportedly in the pipeline and could be signed as soon as Thursday. But the Development Advisory Board doesn't meet again until March.
For the first time ever, Fair St. Louis won't be held on the Arch grounds next year. Work on a $380 million plan to improve the downtown area around the Gateway Arch will get in the way.
Mayor Slay's office confirms the fair will have to move, but won't say where. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that it will likely be held in Forest Park.
The paper quotes St. Louis parks director Gary Bess as saying that he was told to plan for the event near the Grand Basin in Forest Park.
A formal venue announcement is expected in late October.
The organization spearheading the effort to revamp the grounds around the Gateway Arch say the project is progressing well.
In it's third "report to the community," presented Tuesday night, CityArchRiver detailed MoDOT's construction time line for the planned "lid" over the I-70 depressed section. The agency says construction will begin this summer.
The finished "park over the highway" will connect the Arch grounds to downtown St. Louis. Presenters also thanked the audience for passing Proposition P, a sales tax that will be used to help finance the project.
CityArchRiver also released new renderings for the plan to revamp the museum under the Arch. You can see those images on their website.