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Great Rivers Greenway Seeking Community Input for Chouteau Greenway

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Community Feedback will Shape Goals for Project

Great Rivers Greenway and its partners are seeking more public input from area residents to help develop the community goals for the Chouteau Greenway project, which will bring a long-time vision to life as part of the region’s overall network of greenways. People from across the region are encouraged to complete an online survey at www.ChouteauGreenway.org by Dec. 20, 2017. Hard copies of the survey are also available by calling 314-436-7009 or visiting one of the neighborhood meetings, festivals and pop-up events in the region.

“The partners envision Chouteau Greenway as becoming common ground – weaving together our diverse neighborhoods and communities into a vibrant and unique St. Louis experience enjoyed by all,” says Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “To achieve this, we need to hear from people so the design reflects their wants and needs. What will make them feel welcome and safe? What stories do we need to tell through signage, design or public art? What destinations do they want to connect to? We want to hear it all.”

The goal for the Chouteau Greenway project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park to the Washington University Medical Center & BJC, the Cortex Innovation District, the City Foundry STL and Armory projects, Grand Center Arts District, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, Midtown, Downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront. With spurs north and south, the greenway will likely stretch 5-7 miles, connecting area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

Design teams interested in submitting their qualifications for the design competition were required to do so by Nov. 21, 2017. A jury, comprised of nine local and international experts, is currently reviewing all submissions and will recommend four teams to compete before the end of the year. Those four teams will be briefed on the project, including the survey results and community goals, in early January and will complete a conceptual design to show the community in April 2018. The jury will then evaluate the plans based on design and community goals in late April, and the winning team will finalize their design, completing the competition, in June 2018. The next steps will determine how to bring the project to life through further design, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance.

Great Rivers Greenway has also chosen 40 community members, out of the 205 who applied, to be a part of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide vision and guidance for the project. Additional stakeholder groups are forming to provide input throughout the process from a wide variety of agencies, businesses and organizations. For more information about the project and the survey, visit www.ChouteauGreenway.org.

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 113 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities.

International Design Competition for Chouteau Greenway Begins with Request for Qualifications from Design Teams

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Great Rivers Greenway and partners announce project goals, process and
submission deadline of Nov. 21

Great Rivers Greenway has announced it is now accepting qualification submissions from interested design teams for an international design competition. The competition is a major public-private partnership to bring a long-time vision to life for the Chouteau Greenway in the core of St. Louis City. The process, led by architect Donald J. Stastny, FAIA, who managed the design competition for the CityArchRiver project, will result in a conceptual plan that will connect Forest Park and Washington University to the Gateway Arch grounds. Interested design teams can register to download the competition manual atwww.ChouteauGreenway.org and must submit their qualifications by Nov. 21, 2017 to be considered.

“The Chouteau Greenway is envisioned to be a vibrant corridor, dense with experiential opportunities, that leverages community, institutional, and private assets in creating a unique piece of urban infrastructure,” said Stastny, Competition Manager. “As the ‘backbone’ of the central city, it will provide junctures for connections to communities, institutions, and natural resources in and around the core of St. Louis.”

Once all qualifications have been submitted by interested design teams, a jury, comprised of nine local and international experts, will utilize a series of design goals and input from the community to evaluate each design team’s submitted qualifications and recommend four teams to compete. Those four teams will be offered a stipend to work on a conceptual design, which will be reviewed by the public and presented to the jury in late April 2018. The winning team will finalize their design, completing the program, in June 2018.

The goal of the project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park to the Washington University Medical Center & BJC, the Cortex Innovation District, the City Foundry STL and Armory projects, Grand Center Arts District, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, Midtown, Downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront. With spurs north and south, the greenway will likely stretch 5-7 miles, connecting area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions.

The Chouteau Greenway will be part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The competition invites designers to think beyond the trail itself to create active, vibrant spaces and destinations along the way. The goal is to have the greenway be a dynamic and unique St. Louis experience, similar to the High Line in New York City or the Atlanta Beltline.

“Imagine changing the landscape in a way that transcends traditional physical, cultural or political barriers,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “Designing Chouteau Greenway is a complex and challenging opportunity that we seek talented and innovative design teams to undertake.”

Jury members, chosen by the competition manager, who will be overseeing the design competition and reviewing the submissions include Maurice Cox, FAIA, Planning and Development Director for the City of Detroit; Antionette D. Carroll, Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab in St. Louis; Gavin Kroeber, Artist and Head of the Interdisciplinary Curatorial Office for The Studio for Art & Urbanism; Deborah J. Patterson, retired VP of Global Contributions and Employee Engagement at Monsanto in St. Louis; Mark W. Johnson, FASLA, Founder of Civitas in Denver; Ed Hassinger, P.E., Chief Engineer of the Missouri Department of Transportation; Adèle Naudé Santos, FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Allison Grace Williams, FAIA, Architect and Urban Designer at AGWms_studio; and Alternate Juror Don Roe, Executive Director of the City of St. Louis’ Planning and Urban Design Agency.

Partnering with the City of St. Louis and Great Rivers Greenway, the design competition is privately funded by Arch to Park Collaborative, Forest Park Forever, Grand Center Inc., Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, Green Street St. Louis, Lawrence Group, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center. Additional stakeholder groups are forming to provide input throughout the process from a wide variety of agencies, businesses and organizations.

To gather input from the community in advance of the design phase of the competition, Great Rivers Greenway is in the process of choosing 40 community members, out of the 206 who applied, to be a part of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide vision and guidance for the project. The regional public agency is also hiring local community members to serve as part of a team that will help gather input throughout the process through surveys, pop-up events and neighborhood meetings.

The first segment of the Chouteau Greenway is currently under construction as part of the TIGER grant project to build a new MetroLink station at the Cortex Innovation Community. The competition and resulting conceptual design will help partners determine a plan and schedule for designing and building additional portions of the overall greenway.

For more information about the project and to register to download the competition manual, visitwww.ChouteauGreenway.org.

Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 113 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities.

Community Members, Partners and Designers Will Envision Chouteau Greenway Through Design Competition

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Great Rivers Greenway forming new Citizen Advisory Committee to provide vision and guidance for the greenway project

Great Rivers Greenway is leading a major public-private partnership to establish the conceptual plan for the Chouteau Greenway in St. Louis City through an international design competition and is requesting citizen input to help guide the process. The goal of the new greenway project is to connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park east to Downtown and the Gateway Arch. The competition – led by architect Donald J. Stastny, FAIA, who managed the design competition for the CityArchRiver project – will officially kick off with the release of a Request for Qualifications in September.

In an effort to gather input from the community in advance of the design submissions, Great Rivers Greenway is recruiting community members to be a part of a 40-member Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) that will help provide vision and guidance for the Chouteau Greenway project.

Those who live or work in or visit the project area and residents of the region alike are encouraged to apply to be a part of the committee. CAC Members will provide and help collect input on the past and current conditions of the area and the desired future connections and destinations. Members should be able to envision what a dynamic, unique and memorable St. Louis greenway experience could feel like and inform the project team.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with community members and partners on a transformational vision that goes beyond our typical greenway project,” said Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway. “This competition will explore how the Chouteau Greenway can connect people and places, provide equitable economic opportunity and options for people to get around town and live life outside.”

The Chouteau Greenway, plus connections to the north and south, will be part of the overall network of greenways being built by Great Rivers Greenway and partners. The greenway will connect area neighborhoods, employment centers, parks, transit and dozens of cultural and educational institutions. The competition invites designers to think beyond the trail itself to create active, vibrant spaces and destinations along the way. The goal is to have the greenway be a dynamic and unique St. Louis experience, similar to the High Line in New York City or the Atlanta Beltline.

The design competition is privately funded by Saint Louis University, Lawrence Group, Green Street St. Louis, Grand Center Inc., Forest Park Forever, Washington University in St. Louis, Washington University Medical Center, Arch to Park Collaborative, and the Great Rivers Greenway Foundation. Additional stakeholder groups are being formed to provide input throughout the process from a wide variety of partners, agencies, businesses and organizations.

The competition will kick off in September with a call for design teams to submit their qualifications. A jury of professionals will narrow the submissions down to four in early December. Those four teams will be paid a stipend to work on a conceptual design, presenting to the jury in the spring.

“Rooting the project’s goals and principles in the values of the community, and opening up the project to the international design community through a competition allows for the best of both worlds,” said Stastny, manager of the competition. “The intersection of local ideals and international best practices and perspectives will create a world-class experience for residents and visitors alike.”

Applications for the project’s Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) can be found on Great Rivers Greenway’s website. Those interested in being a part of the committee must be committed to attending a monthly meeting, from September 2017 through April 2018. CAC members will engage throughout the project to inform the teams, jury, partners and each other at various stages of the process. Transportation and childcare support are available, and food will be provided at each meeting. Meeting times and days will be set with the selected committee members. Great Rivers Greenway will also have surveys, outreach and events throughout the project to invite input both from those who live, work and play in the area as well as the region as a whole.

The first segment of the Chouteau Greenway is currently under construction as part of the TIGER grant project to build a new MetroLink station at the Cortex Innovation District. The competition and resulting conceptual design will help partners determine a plan and schedule for designing, engineering and building each additional portion of the overall greenway.

For more information about the project or to apply for the CAC, visit www.GreatRiversGreenway.org/Chouteau.

About Great Rivers Greenway:
Great Rivers Greenway is the public agency connecting the St. Louis region with greenways, with 113 miles built so far. St. Louisans decided to leave a legacy for future generations by investing in and connecting together some of our region’s best assets – rivers, parks and communities.

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