I. Introduction and Objectives
Through the 2020 Downtown Next public engagement process, feedback was compiled fromover 1,100 participants to produce a community vision for Downtown St. Louis. The Vision is:A vibrant, regional hub offering an authentic Downtown experience for residents, employees andvisitors. The action plan to achieve this vision is organized by nine themes, each of which issupported by a set of goals, objectives and strategies. The Vision can be found at:http://www.downtownstl.org/AboutUs/PartnershipforDowntownStLouis/DowntownNEXT.aspxThe Downtown Multimodal Access Study is intended to highlight sustainability planning whileaddressing three of these Downtown Next themes:
Creating an Inviting Environment
Making Downtown Accessible and Easy to Get Around
Emphasizing Downtown’s Unique CharacterBy building upon the work that has already been completed for the St. Louis Central BusinessDistrict (CBD) Streetscape Plan and the 2020 Downtown Next Vision Plan, this Study isenvisioned as an extension of the Downtown Next process. Recommendations of the studyshould be consistent with the City’s Sustainability Plan (or draft, if not yet in final form when thestudy is complete).The goal of the Study is to position the City of St. Louis’s Downtown area (“Downtown”) toincorporate and reflect sustainability principles related to transportation. The City desires toidentify ways to effectively implement its Complete Streets ordinance, encourage the use of masstransit systems, and consider the larger sustainability context, such as ensuring streetscapes arepositioned to promote walkability and support economic mixed use retail interests and theservice needs of those who live, work and play in the Downtown area. The primary objectivesare to: (1) consider ways to enhance sustainability in the Downtown area; (2) develop a range of recommended improvements that could be implemented; and (3) create a plan to increaseconnectivity into and throughout Downtown by encouraging a sustainable and efficient trafficflow that prioritizes pedestrians, bicycles, and transit with a focus on the Arch Grounds, NorthRiverfront, and New Mississippi River Bridge.Complete Streets ordinance: http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/aldermen/city-laws/board-bills.cfm?bbDetail=true&BBId=6085The study will be funded with a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant (awarded toEast-West Gateway Council of Governments) under the U.S. Department of Housing and UrbanDevelopment. The goal of the Grant is to create a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development(RPSD), which is aimed at building the capacity of local and regional actors to implementsustainable practices by sharing knowledge, best practices, and resources, and to connect localand regional planning efforts. Ultimately, the RPSD will create and protect sustainable,equitable, and livable communities within the St. Louis Region.
Funds available for this studyare limited to $90,000.