The Project Connect Action Plan was developed with extensive neighborhood engagement to serve as a framework for change in the area.
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Agreement Execution: Two key documents were executed to advance the Next NGA West site preparation project:
- The Option Agreement, January 6, 2017
- The Land Development, Remediation and Transfer Agreement (LDRTA), June 29, 2017.
The Option Agreement was a foundational document for the issuance of bond financing, and later was supplemented by the LDRTA.
The Project Connect Action Plan was developed with extensive neighborhood engagement to serve as a framework for change in the area. It offers: clarity in community goals and needs, a shared vision to focus development, and agency alignment to execute infrastructure projects and support neighborhood development. Action Plan Implementation: A Project Connect Manager was hired by SLDC in September to support the implementation of the Action Plan.
The Project Connect Neighborhood Benefit Fund is to serve as a conduit for public/private investment to revitalize North St. Louis. The Neighborhood Benefit Fund's mission is its dedication to the past, present and future residents of the eight historic North St. Louis neighbor hoods surrounding Next NGA W est.
NGA's benefit to the City & State
$1.75 billion federal project
$3.0 million 2016 City Earnings Tax
More than $8 million in State Withholding Tax
~$98,000 average salary (2017)
Site Preparation: The project team, with 16 separate construction contracts at 47% minority and 42% women participation, is on-schedule with the following activities completed:
- Abated and demolished 136 of 137 structures.
- Collaboratively and efficiently rerouted utilities through the site, and disconnected unused utilities to the site.
- Remediated 90% of the soil and removed more than 670,000 tons of soil and construction debris.
- Extensive testing protocol to verify that environmental targets were met.
- Proactively tested for radiation on the site. Test results indicated normal levels and no harm to human health, with no evidence of manufactured radiative material.
Site preparation included close oversight from the
- Air Force, U.S Army Corps, EPA and MDNR. Additionally, there is a 3-foot clean soil cap requirement over the site to meet Federal and MDNR residential standards. All work is documented and approved through the MDNR Brownfield Voluntary Cleanup Plan.
The 97-acre site is divided into 2 areas. Part 1 is scheduled to be remediated by February 2018 and part 2 is scheduled for completion in October 2018.
Property transfer with the Air Force for part 1 and 2 site areas are scheduled for
Infrastructure Projects: Priority projects have been identified to improve access to the NGA site and support neighborhood development.
Infrastructure project goals:
- Increase safety and s€curity.
- Change market perception.
- Encourage responsible, focused development.
- Deliver "Complete Streets".
- Plan for stormwater management.
1-64 Interchange at N. Jefferson Avenue
This project involves the construction of an improved interchange at Jefferson and N. 22nd St., including re establishing the City street grid at Clark and Scott Avenues, and installing a protected bicycle connection from Scott Ave north to Olive St. The interchange is fully funded.
N. Jefferson Avenue
This 2-mile corridor improvements involve a redesign of the street to improve traffic movements for the future growth in the area and, more importantly, to change the perception of the neighborhood. An RFP for engineering services will be issued shortly for design and engineering to further develop this project.
These improvements will integrate the Choice Neighborhoods efforts with a focus on a more pedestrian and bike-friendly street. A protected bike facility and traffic calming is planned. Cass Ave. is scheduled to be completed after NGA construction is completed.
Project Connect was established in 2016 to support eight neighborhoods surrounding Next NGA \Vest.