Update on Arch Grounds Renovation Project

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Wednesday afternoon, leaders from CityRiverArch2015 will tell taxpayers how things are going for the renovation of the Arch Grounds in DowntownSt. Louis, Missouri.  So far, organizers hey have gotten $20-million in funding from theU.S. Department of Transportation.  That is on top of the $35-million raised by MoDOT and private donors.

Still, leaders say they need more money.  But, this is what they say all that cash will buy:

-Safer access from the downtown business district to the Arch grounds.  Right now, people have to dodge traffic when they cross Memorial Drive over Interstate-70.

-16 acres of new park space including new trees

- a new museum

-a one-mile long aerial tram that will run between the south end of the Arch Grounds to the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park on the Mississippi`s east bank.  Those trams will have glass floors for a unique view of the river during the trip.

These plans certainly sound like fun.  But, your tax dollars are paying the cover charge for all that fun.  So if you want to know more about the redevelopment, be at the America's Center at 5:30 Wednesday afternoon.  The main doors are at Washington and 8th Street in Downtown St. Louis.  The presentation will start at 6 p.m. in the Ferrara Theatre.

Again, this event is open to the public.


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