ST. LOUIS, MO/March 15, 2017 (STLRealEstate.News) A popular attraction in downtown St. Louis is expected to reopen in the spring.
CityArchRiver officials announced that Kiener Plaza west of the Old Courthouse will reopen in May. A more specific date for the reopening of the Museum of Westward Expansion this year is expected to be announced next month. This is all part of the Gateway Arch grounds renovation project, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
Much of the remaining work for Kiener Plaza, which has been closed for over a year, involves landscaping. Project organizers say we can expect to see more planting in the next couple of months.
Another upcoming milestone for the project is that rides to the top of the Arch are scheduled to resume in late March. This will only be on the south tram as the north tram won’t be back in operation until late April.
The entire $380 million project which began in 2013, will be completed two years behind schedule. The initial projected finish date was for 2015.
CityRiverArch’s vision for the project is to create a safer and more user-friendly experience for visitors. This involves a new design connecting the park’s grounds with the museums.
The design begins with a new Park over the Highway that will, for the first time, allow visitors to walk from the Old Courthouse to the Arch grounds as well as to the riverfront on one continuous greenway.
The project was designed by world-renowned landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The firm’s design includes new spaces for events and public education, expanded museum space, additional park acreage and bicycle trails, children’s play areas, performance venue.
The project will also have a significant impact on the regional economy, according to CityRiverArch officials.
Officials say these changes will bring an added impact of $367 million and 4,400 permanent jobs to the region. That’s the equivalent of one additional St. Louis Cardinals baseball season each year or more than four NCAA Final Four Tournaments. In addition, the project will bring 530 construction jobs to the region over the next three years.