St. Louis Centre sky bridge demolition encourages development

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Posted on May 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Updated Monday, May 24 at 10:48 PM

(KMOV) -- For years, many considered the sky bridge that connects the former Dillard's building and the old St. Louis Centre mall an eyesore.

News 4 reporter Mark Schnyder talked with Kitty Ratcliffe of the Conventions and Visitors Commission, who said the four-story structure is, "dirty, it has not been maintained, it's not well-lit and it's covered in pigeon droppings."

Demolition on the pedestrian overpass began last Friday, with Mayor Francis Slay taking the first swing of the wrecking ball Friday evening. Fireworks helped mark the celebration.

The sky bridge lies between 6th and 7th streets on Washington Ave. That same area will be closed to traffic for up to four weeks.

Some are calling the overpass demolition a springboard for downtown development. There has been talk about transforming the former St. Louis Center mall into a parking garage with retail space at the ground level. The Dillard's building will reportedly be turned into apartments and a hotel.

 

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