Laclede's Landing Riverfront District 2020 Improvements and 2021 Initiatives
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ST. LOUIS, Feb. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- While the COVID-19 pandemic certainly slowed construction in 2020, the Laclede's Landing leadership team used this time as an opportunity to refocus their community improvement efforts.
The team leading the Laclede's Landing Neighborhood Association aligned with a broader initiative to make downtown St. Louis a better place for residents and visitors alike. The five focus goals of the undertaking included making downtown St. Louis the region's most walkable, diverse neighborhood through redesigned streets, more vibrant public spaces, and green infrastructure, all while expanding the neighborhood's economy.
In 2020, Laclede's Landing underwent significant improvements, all of which worked toward achieving these goals. They focused their efforts on the following:
- Resetting 15,000 square feet of cobblestone road
- 12,000 square feet of road resurfacing
- Laying 20,000 square feet of new concrete
- Installing 85 new streetlights
- Planting 20 trees with tree well fencing
- Planting more than 200 perennials
- Installing 600 feet of iron fencing
- Rebuilding all intersections to ADA specifications
- Laying underground conduits for the future of high-speed fiber internet
- Installing new historic traffic and street signage
- Roughing in an area for a downtown LED kiosk at the 1st Street and Lucas Avenue intersection
A construction crew also broke ground on the Katherine Ward Burg Garden as an addition to the Great Rivers Greenway district. The half-acre plaza will offer a welcoming area for visitors and residents when they exit the MetroLink at the Laclede's Landing stop while also brightening up the Mississippi Riverfront. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2021.
2021 is already projected to be even bigger with the development of dedicated pedestrian areas and the improvement of the local dog park, among other plans, including:
- Closure of 2nd Street between Lucas Avenue and Morgan Street for pedestrian-only foot traffic
- Installation of streetlights to illuminate the pedestrian-only walkway
- Purina Dog Park enhancements that include landscaping as well as fence and gate improvements
- The development of Paincourt Lofts to add 10 apartment and retail spaces
- The development of Hoffman Lofts to add 24 apartments and retail spaces
- The development of Greeley Lofts for 33 additional apartments, offices, and retail spaces
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