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Big Design Changes Submitted for Centene’s Clayton Corporate Campus

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We’ve followed the Centene Clayton corporate campus development since the beginning [index of nextSTL coverage]. Now the most significant design changes since the project was unveiled have been shared.

In a presentation this week to the Clayton Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board, the development team resubmitted plans for the Special Development District. The subdistrict footprints have changed, with altered designs presented for subdistrict 1 and subdistricts 2A, 2B, and 2C.

What’s the big change? The planned auditorium has moved west across Carondelet Plaza onto what was open space. More residential appears poised to occupy a portion of the old auditorium site, while being reduced in its old location. The Wellbridge fitness center has moved to the corner of Hanley and Forsyth from its prior spot mid-block on Forsyth.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Proposed Soccer Stadium Would Also Need $9 Million From State Transpo Funds (Post-Dispatch)
  • Construction Truck Lurches Forward, Killing Worker on I-55 (KSDK)
  • Man Killed by Motorist Last Weekend Identified as Jordan Dickerson (Post-Dispatch)
  • MSHP Advises Motorists to Prepare/Take Caution During Winter Weather Conditions (Daily Journal Online)
  • Is UPS Revolutionizing the Delivery Model? (Treehugger)

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Bike, Ped, Road Enhancements Coming to Wells and Government Drives in Forest Park

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Forest Park Forever continues to work through its long term improvement plan for transportation in Forest Park. Next up is a project to update and improve connections along Wells and Government Drives in the park’s southwest corner.

While the two roads have been long in need of resurfacing, the biggest changes will be the introduction of a roundabout at the intersection of Wells and Government, and new pedestrian crossings are multiple locations. It’s difficult to imagine why existing conditions were ever considered adequate for the park. Perhaps a simple lack of funding and planning direction are to blame.

Regardless, Wells Drive from Tamm Avenue west and Government Drive from the St. Louis Zoo’s north parking lot west will close later this month.

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Today’s Headlines

  • St. Louis Is One of America’s Deadliest Cities for Pedestrians (Cars.com)
  • MoDOT Director Blames Victims for Spike in Pedestrian Deaths (KOMU)
  • Unattended Pickup Kills Francis Geilfuss in Camden County (KMZU)
  • Shrewsbury Police Still Looking for Motorist Involved in November Hit-And-Run (KMOV)
  • Mikal Hamilton Pleads Guilty in February Hit-And-Run Death of Keisha Redding (Post-Dispatch)
  • Transitioning to Metro? Be Flexible and Open to All the Options (NextStop)

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Downtown Needs a Form-Based Code, Not an Old Height Restriction

The building at 620 Market, like most, has had numerous uses since it was first built, I recall attending a meeting at East-West Gateway when they were on the 2nd floor — back in the 90s. The most recent occupant was Mike Shannon’s restaurant, which closed January 30, 2016.
7th St facade of 620 Market St, May 2012 photo

7th St facade of 620 Market St, May 2012

When St. Louis’ Chinatown, known as Hop Alley, was razed in the 1960s for Busch Stadium (1966-2006), a 35 ft height restriction was placed on the 620 Market deed. A taller building could have allowed occupants to look down into the new stadium. For a decade now the replacement Busch Stadium has been to the South and the old site a slowly developing mixed-use project between the Cardinals & developer Cordish, called Ballpark Village. Ironically, Phase 2 of Ballpark Village will include a tall building where occupants can look down into the current stadium. Read more...
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Today’s Headlines

  • Listen to St. Louis Public Radio on What’s Happening With the Trestle and Other GRG Projects
  • MoDOT’s McKenna Calls for Ban on Handheld Cellphone Use By Motorists (Southeast Missourian)
  • This MO Rep Thinks Building Sidewalks Is a Waste (LakeExpo)
  • Expect Delays/Shuttles This Weekend on MetroLink (NextStop)
  • MoDOT Hires KC Firm to Work on Internet-Connected Roads and Other Gadgetry (Startland News)
  • Columbia’s South Providence Speed Limit Dropping from 55 to 50 MPH (ABC17)

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Wellston First Aims to Reinvent Struggling Historic Inner Ring Suburb

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In 2013, The St. Louis County Office of Community Development, in coordination with the Wellston Housing Authority, was awarded one of the “coveted” HUD “Choice Neighborhoods” Planning Grants.  The purpose of this HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant was for community stakeholders to create a “Transformation Plan” tailored to the needs of the struggling inner-ring suburb of Wellston, MO, while consequently furthering the core goals of the HUD’s Choice Neighborhood Program. According to HUD, Choice Neighborhoods is focused on three core goals:

  1. Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income housing that is well-managed and responsive to the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.
  2. People: Improve educational outcomes and intergenerational mobility for youth with services and supports delivered directly to youth and their families
  3. Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets, including safety, good schools, and commercial activity, that are important to families’ choices about their community.

The Wellston First Transformation Plan, the product of public outreach and an engagement process with over 250 stakeholders, was developed after 24 months and it aims to be truly transformational. The City of Wellston is less than two miles from Washington University in St. Louis, Forest Park, St. Vincent Park and Greenway, and the University of Missouri – St. Louis, so logically the “Wellston First” intends to leverage the city’s advantageous location into a sustainable future.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Man Flees After Trying to Run Down Woman and Police With SUV Monday (Fox2Now)
  • Find Out What’s Going On (or Not) With the Trestle Today on St. Louis Public Radio
  • Chesterfield Council Does Not Support City/County Merger (Post-Dispatch)
  • ADA Improvements Coming to Columbia Sidewalks, Public Meeting Today (KOMU)
  • Hey St. Louis, London’s Devoting $1 Billion to Bike Infrastructure (Treehugger)

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At Long Last! Grand Opening for 47-Mile Rock Island Trail/Katy to KC Connector

A day we have been working towards for more than 20 years has finally arrived–the Grand Opening of the 47-miles of Rock Island Trail State Park that forms the longest singled section of the connection between the Katy Trail and Kansas City:

The 47-mile Rock Island segment in blue is set to open December 10th

The 47-mile Rock Island segment in blue–the longest section of the Katy to KC connection–is set to open December 10th

Please join Gov. Jay Nixon and Missouri State Parks in opening the 47.5 mile extension of the Katy Trail along Rock Island Trail State Park.

A dedication ceremony will take place Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the trailhead at 308 West Commercial in Pleasant Hill.

Help us celebrate this important extension of the Katy Trail and honor those who have helped to make it possible.  Please also plan to join the Governor on the trail following the ceremony.

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Today’s Headlines

  • Post-Dispatch Looks for Answers About the Rise in Traffic Fatalities in Missouri and Illinois
  • Motorist Strikes, Kills Ernestine Chatman in North St. Louis Friday (Post-Dispatch)
  • Motorist Hits, Kills Pedestrian in Bates County (Mid America Live)
  • Hubert House Killed by Motorist in Greene County Saturday (Hometown Daily News)
  • Sidewalks and Bike Lanes Added to Newly Reopened Grand Bridge in Kansas City (KCUR)
  • Dec. 10 Marks Official Opening for 47.5-Mile Addition to Katy Trail (KC Star)
  • Nixon Appoints Ed Hillhouse to MHTC Council (Post-Dispatch)
  • MO House Speaker Thinks Missourians Don’t Want to Raise Taxes for Transpo Projects (Columbia Daily Tribune)

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