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The 2016 Democratic National Convention won't be held in St. Louis.
The Gateway City was one of about 30 cities to receive letters inviting them to compete to host the convention. St. Louis officials plan to decline.
Mayor Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the city is focused on the private fundraising efforts for the ongoing $380 million Gateway Arch grounds redo. Rainford says its a really big project and must remain the focus for now.
He added that St. Louis might bid for the convention in 2020.
Work on the Park over the Highway is causing delays for some drivers in downtown St. Louis today.
The eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 have been closed overnight between Pine Street and the Poplar Street Bridge. The closure allowed crews to remove a retaining wall.
MoDOT officials say one lane alont eastbound I-70 had reopned before 5 a.m. Monday. The other lane will remain closed until about 3:00 p.m.
Drivers should expect days heading into the depressed section along eastbound I-70 most of the day.
Fire fighters will be on the scene through much of the night after a 4-alarm fire destroyed most of a warehouse in downtown St. Louis.
A spokesman for the fire department says the fire has been contained, but crews will remain on site to cool off any hot spots. The blaze began around 11:30 this morning at the Servco warehouse just south of the Poplar Street Bridge. Everyone in the building was able to evacuate safely. The fire sent plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles. The top two floors of the building collapsed. At the height of the blaze more than 80 firefighters were on scene.
No word on what caused the fire.
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.
Next summer's Fair St. Louis will be held at Forest Park. The Fair Saint Louis Foundation and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made the official announcement Wednesday evening at the Art Museum.
The 34th annual festival will be centered on Art Hill on July 3, 4 and 5. The 137th Veiled Prophet Parade will march through Forest Park instead of downtown St. Louis.
That's because the $380 million renovation of the Arch grounds won't be finished in time. It could be done in time for the 2015 fair, but that decision won't be made until late next year.
The 2014 event will include the traditional air show, concerts, fireworks and a Kids Zone, with the main stage at the foot of Art Hill near the Grand Basin. And Fair officials are promising several new elements that will be unveiled early next year.
The Gateway Arch has landed on a list of Most Endangered Monuments.
The Arch is one of five American monuments on the list complied by the World Monuments Fund, an organization dedicated to saving historic landmarks. According to a spokesman for the group, the Arch is at risk because of corrosion, current economic trends, and decreased government funding for national monuments.
The World Monuments Fund was established in 1965. 85 percent of money donated to the fund goes directly to preservation projects.
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.