ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Work is underway on improving the uneven cobblestones on the historic streets of Laclede`s Landing.
John Clark, Laclede`s Landing Community Improvement District president, said the improvements will cost $1.4 million. He said 20% will be paid by Laclede`s Landing and the rest will come from block grants and federal stimulus funds.
"Everyone knows it`s a mess, a tripping hazard and hard on the shocks on the car," said Clark.
He said the cobblestones will be dug up, a smoother surface laid underneath and then the cobblestones will be put back in place. The cobblestones date back to the horse and buggy era.
"They found everything from railroad ties, to broken bottles, to cinders, to coal underneath the cobblestones," Clark said. "That`s the reason the cobblestones have become so uneven."
Sidewalks and streetscapes will also be improved. The district expects the upgrades to bring Laclede`s Landing in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"We`ll have much more of a feel of a promenade than a street and sidewalk," said Clark.
Some of the visitors we talked with felt the improvements will be worth the cost.
"I have arthritis, and it`s hard for me to walk up and down the sidewalk," said St. Louis resident Bob Calliott.
Bob Krause was visiting from Arizona. It was his first visit to Laclede`s Landing.
"I like it here," said Krause. "I just wish it was easier to walk on."
Clark views the cost of improvements as an investment in the Landing`s future.
"We believe this will create a greater demand for people living here," Clark said. "That`s what business owners have been expecting for years."