ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- An agreement on Monday was reached over a state-of-the-art recreation center opening in north St. Louis.
The O’Fallon Park Rec Center, which cost $20 million to build, has all the bells and whistles, including indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna, work-out rooms and a track.
But St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and Alderman Antonio French have been battling it out for months when it comes to the new complex, which will be operated by the YMCA.
Both men on Monday expressed how frustrating the process has been for everyone.
French said the hang up was over the lack of discounts for low-income families. He said he was also promised access for kids.
French said until he got what he felt was right for the people of north St. Louis, he wasn’t going to sign off on it. And without the board of alderman’s approval, the city was unable to move forward.
He fought for a better deal and says now he and Mayor Slay are on the same page.
“Unfortunately we had to fight to get these kinds of agreements and guarantees for low-income people, but now that we’ve come up with an agreement I think we can move forward and get this thing open soon,” said French.
Mayor Slay said the rec center can open 90 days after it’s signed off on. He said he hopes to have it open by early 2013.