Mayor Francis Slay announced today that a team led by Thomas Balsley Associates of New York and Urban Strategies Inc., of Toronto, was selected to create a master plan for the City’s Gateway Mall.
Earlier this year, Mayor Slay approached the Gateway Foundation to request the Foundation’s assistance in developing a plan to energize the Gateway Mall and enhance its attractiveness. The Gateway Foundation responded by pledging funds for the development of the master plan and, working with the Mayor, formed a steering committee to select a consulting team to develop the plan.
The selection of Balsley Associates and Urban Strategies resulted from a process that elicited qualifications from 21 teams based in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The Gateway Foundation will fund the project and will contract with the selected team. The steering committee and the City will guide the planning process and outcomes. The process will include a variety of opportunities for public participation. The planning process is expected to commence in February 2007 and to be completed in June of 2007.
Once the plan is complete, implementation strategies will be explored by the City.
The Gateway Mall is an 18-block “green space” extending from the Old Courthouse to 22nd Street and was a part of the grand “Civic Plaza” plan originally conceived by the City’s Civic Plaza Commission, chaired by noted landscape architect Harland Bartholomew in the early 1920s. The citizens of St. Louis voted an unprecedented amount of money, $86,000,000 to develop much of the land on Market Street from 11th to 15th Street as a park and civic center. The park was planned to be extended eventually to the Old Courthouse on the east and to 22nd Street on the west, and the area was to become a larger public space to be known as the Gateway Mall.