Laclede's Landing Looks For Boost From Gateway Arch

Hopes for rebirth after 5 years of construction headaches.

Brian Kelly
July 03, 2018 - 1:00 pm

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Among those most excited about the completion of the five-year effort to renovate the Gateway Arch grounds are merchants in neighboring Laclede's Landing. 

Laclede's Landing Community Improvement District President John Clark says over the past five years, when access to the Landing was difficult at best because of the Arch project and the reconstruction of I-44, 10 of the 17 restaurants and bars in the area closed.

He says with all that out of the way, it's time for a rebirth.

"What I see happening right now includes residential, which is happening. It includes buildings now under contract by developers who have different ideas, new ideas," he says.

Construction is already underway on 60 units in the Peper Building. Two other buildings are under contract to go residential, and Clark says there are vacant lots that could be used for new residential buildings. 

Clark says that will transform the area from an entertainment district, to a neighborhood.

"The type of establishments that the neighborhood will allow are going to be different. Probably a little more toward the food side than the bar side," he says.

That transition is already underway, as three or four new places that are going in now, or have opened, are restaurants. 

"Some of the old has now gone away and its time for the new," Clark says.  

Also new will be an extension of Lucas Avenue, which currently ends at a parking lot at 3rd Street. This fall, Clark says, work will begin to extend it through the parking lot to Memorial Drive, giving visitors an easy way to get in and out of the neighborhood. The Landing should also benefit from the demolition of the old Gateway Arch Garage, which will force more visitors to park in, or pass through, the area. 

So after years of trying to overcome construction-related obstacles, how big is the completion of the Arch project to the Landing? "Probably," Clark says, "as big as the birth of a baby."

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