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Midtown Strategic Development Plan

A PDF file of the final draft of the Executive Summary and Appendix (dated January 2003) is now available for your review. The public comment review period began on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 and will extend through Wednesday, March 5, 2003. Please note that the City of St. Louis Planning Commission will be hosting a public meeting regarding the Midtown Plan on Wednesday, February 19, 2003. Additional details regarding the meeting are available here.


The City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency, in conjunction with Aldermen Kennedy, Krewson, McMillan and Roddy, and numerous partners - including the Central West End Association, four special business districts, and many neighborhood groups, Washington University Medical Center, Saint Louis University, BJC Health Systems, Grand Center, Inc., the Chase-Park Plaza, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Bank of America and U.S. Bank - is sponsoring the preparation of the Midtown Strategic Development Plan.

The overall goal of the plan is to prepare a strategic development plan that will provide a physical, financial and organizational framework that will guide the future development of the study area, which is generally bounded by Delmar Blvd., Compton Ave., Interstate 64 and Kingshighway Blvd. Portions of the following three neighborhoods are included in the study area: Central West End, Midtown and Covenant Blu/Grand Center.

Midtown Study Area

The planning process began on Wednesday, June 27, 2001 with a meeting of the Steering Committee at Saint Louis University. The Steering Committee is composed of representatives from the above groups. Many meetings with the aldermen, major stakeholders, focus groups consisting of neighborhood residents, developers, realtors and other constituency groups addressing a number of issues, were held on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29. A public input meeting, attended by over 200 people, was held on Thursday, June 28 at Saint Louis Cathedral School. Comments written down by the meeting participants were compiled and summarized.

Public Meeting

The consultant team - led by SmithGroup/JJR; and including David Mason & Associates, Inc.; Austin Tao & Associates Inc; and Crawford, Bunte, Brammeier - reviewed those comments, analyzed existing conditions data and maps and future trends, and began developing recommendations to address a variety of issues.

On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, September 26-27, 2001, a Public Charrette was held at Rosati-Kain High School and Saint Louis Cathedral School. A charrette is an intense interactive workshop that engages the general public by quickly learning about major issues and proposing alternative solutions to address those issues. In conjunction with meetings and interviews held with the project's Steering Committee, stakeholders and City staff during the same week, a draft plan was prepared and presented to the general public on Thursday evening, September 27 at Saint Louis Cathedral School. A PowerPoint presentation summarizing the draft plan's physical, financial and organizational recommendations was available for your review and comments for several months.

Following a one- to two-month period of considering and addressing comments about the draft plan, as well as undertaking additional analysis and finalizing recommendations, the consultant team completed a more detailed draft of the plan. The draft of the report was available online as a PDF file for review. Additionally, three "hard copies" of the report were also available for review at the Schlafly Branch Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave. and the Central West End Association (CWEA) Office, 403 N. Euclid Ave. (located above Balaban's restaurant). The public comment review period ended on July 1, 2002.

After some unfortunate delays, the planning process is nearing completion. Taking into account the various comments received during the public comment review period, a PDF file of the final draft of the Midtown Plan's Executive Summary and Appendix is now available for your review. The Executive Summary includes the Midtown Plan's major findings and recommendations. The online version of the document is available in full-color and is 24 pages. The Appendix is a more comprehensive document that goes into more detail regarding the Midtown Plan's findings and recommendations. The online version is available in full-color and is over 200 pages.

For those who would prefer to review the Executive Summary or Appendix in a "hard copy" format, three copies of the Executive Summary and one copy of the Appendix are available at each of the following three locations: Schlafly Branch Library, 225 N. Euclid Ave.; CWEA office, 403 N. Euclid Ave. (above Balaban's restaurant); and the City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency (PDA) office, 1015 Locust St., Suite 1200. However, please note that due to the high cost of color copies, the copies of the Executive Summary and the Appendix at the above three locations are only available in a black-and-white version.

Your comments and questions regarding the Midtown Plan are vital to the planning process. You may record your comments and questions online here or on comment forms available at the Schlafly Branch Library, the CWEA office or the PDA office. Please note that the public comment review period will begin on Wednesday, February 5, 2003 and extend through Wednesday, March 5, 2003.

A public meeting regarding the Midtown Strategic Development Plan will be also be held. The meeting will include a presentation by the consultant team and a public hearing to be conducted by the City of St. Louis Planning Commission. All interested parties will have the opportunity to express their comments and questions. All residents and stakeholders in the study area are invited to attend. The details for this meeting are listed below:

Presentation and Public Hearing
Wednesday, February 19, 2003, 6:00 p.m.
Saint Louis Cathedral School
4430 Maryland Ave.

Following the public meeting, PDA will analyze the various review comments received and make the final revisions to the Executive Summary and Appendix. At one of its regularly scheduled meetings (generally the first Wednesday of the month), the Planning Commission will then vote on whether to adopt the Midtown Strategic Development Plan as a Neighborhood Plan. The date of that meeting has not yet been determined, but it will be posted.






For more information please contact:
Neighborhood Stabilization Office's Mike Flood floodm@stlouiscity.com
or phone (314) 773-0574 or fax (314) 773-3045

Roman Kordal rkordal@stlouis.missouri.org
or phone (314) 622-3400 or fax (314) 622-2341

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