Celebrating 100 Years
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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), April 16, 2014 - The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District (TDD) has selected Kwame Building Group (KWAME) to provide construction management services on the $43 million Loop Trolley in St. Louis and University City, Missouri. KWAME expects to begin issuing construction bid packages in late April and May.
The Loop Trolley TDD recently received Federal Transit Administration approval for a $25 million Urban Circulator Grant to build the system. The Loop Trolley is one of only five out of 65 proposed projects nationwide selected to receive the grant.
The 2.2-mile fixed-route electric trolley system will connect The Loop restaurant/shopping/arts & entertainment district to Forest Park with a stop at the Missouri History Museum. The Loop district derived its nickname from the streetcar system that serviced the area until 1966.
The trolley project includes installation of the tracks and overhead electric lines, construction of 10 station stops, and a roundabout with landscape elements at the western terminus. The Loop Trolley TTD is working with Great Rivers Greenway to extend the existing St. Vincent Greenway with new landscaping and a multi-use path along DeBaliviere Avenue south to Forest Park. The trolley will run on a grass track along the greenway.
The Loop Trolley system will operate three cars - a restored historic trolley car and two vintage replica cars that the Loop Trolley TDD is purchasing from Tri-Met, the public transit system in Portland, Oregon.
Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME is an employee-owned pure program and construction management firm providing estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME was named a 2013 "Construction Management-for-Fee Firm" by Engineering News Record, the construction industry's leading news and analysis publication; and was selected as one of RCGA's "Top 50 Companies in the St. Louis Region."
UNIVERSITY CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), March 22, 2014 - Chris Poehler, District Administrator for the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District (TDD), appeared before the University Council, March 10, to request a six-month extension (180 days) of the Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) for the Loop Trolley, which will link Forest Park to the University City Loop.
The St. Louis Trolley Company secured nearly $25 million in federal funding, in 2010, which culminated a decade of work by a strong coalition of supporters.
According to minutes released by the Council, Poehler stated that 4 million dollars has already been spent on the design. He stated that recently the FTA provided authorization to start some of the early construction activities.
Poehler said that they have entered into a contract with a consortium that has started work on a 1.4 million dollar contract to staff all of the construction efforts.
Following input by several residents who have opposed the project and concern over the recent cutting of trees along the proposed 2.2 mile route from the Missouri Historical Society in Forest Park to the turn about in front of City Hall in University City, the Council voted unanimously to approved the extension request by the Loop Trolley Company for 60 days.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - University City was founded in 1906 by businessman Edward Gardner Lewis, who designed it as a model city.
University City is known for its fine residential neighborhoods, art galleries, the business and entertainment district along Delmar Boulevard and the Washington Univerity campus. Two massive lions sculptures by George Julian Zolnay, set atop pylons designed by architects Eames & Young, welcome residents and visitors to the formal city hall plaza.
In 2006, a group of volunteers staged the city's biggest party in 100 years. Their aim was to show that this small but exciting enclave is more a community of culture, diversity and education than even its founder could have imaged.
It was no small task since Lewis was a dreamer, inventor, chemist, artist, education, potter, women's magazine publisher, entrepreneur and politician. But with a theme of 100 Fun things to do in University City, on almost any given day something was happening for fun seekers of all ages.
A celebration was held with the grand opening of Centennial Commons, formerly the Heman Park Recreation Facility. With a nod towards the City's 100th anniversary, the facility underwent a two-year $6M extreme makeover and a name change. The facility is now open for fun, fitness and community events.
The business and entertainment district is also well know as the Delmar Loop, named after the Delmar Streetcar system that provided service for visitors and residents to University City in the early 1900s. The Delmar Loop has been named one of the best 10 streets in America.
In 2000, a strong coalition of supporters, energized by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill Restaurant, Pin-Up Bowl, and the Pageant Building, began working on bringing a trolley system back to University City.
Edwards organized the St. Louis Trolley Company (LTC) in 2002 with the help of Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT). The group secured a grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri Department of Transportation to purchase and renovate two historic vehicles for the new line. The trolleys are currently on display in front of the Missouri History Museum and Commerce Bank in the Delmar Loop.
On Friday, July 9, 2010, the St. Louis Trolley Company secured nearly $25 million in federal funding for the Loop Trolley System linking Forest Park to the University City Loop. See Loop Trolley System to Connect Forest Park Attractions with University City Loop Businesses.
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