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Downtown construction a positive for the City of St. Louis

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Construction workers in downtown St. Louis (Credit: KMOV) Construction workers in downtown St. Louis (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

If you live or work in downtown St. Louis you’ve probably noticed a lot of construction recently.

From Ballpark Village to new high rise apartments, things might start looking different in downtown in a few years.

“Pretty much throughout downtown you’ll experience some sort of construction zone in the streets,” said Missy Kelley, president and CEO of DowntownSTL, Inc. “They’re working on waters, sewage, electricity and gas. Everything’s just being redone, this good news is this is stuff that needs to be done, and we’re getting it done. This is stuff that needs to be done and what aging cities have to do. We know progress can be painful.”

Kelley said more construction means more development and more people, who spend money at downtown businesses.

“Downtown St. Louis is critical to the region because the tax base that comes out of downtown St. Louis really feeds the rest of the city. It is the primary source of tax income for the city. The more we grow, the more we develop, the better our entire city is. When the entire city shows well then the region does better,” said Kelley.

For people who live and work downtown, street construction can be a headache, especially along Olive Street. Kelley said aside from street construction, you'll see building renovations. Historic buildings are getting inside facelifts transforming them into apartments, retail space, commercial use and much more.

E-Cab services are also now being offered for people as a safe and free way to get across downtown.

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