MLA alum, George Hazelrigg, is appointed to the Subject Committee in St. Louis to oversee one of the most important undertakings in St. Louis since the Arch itself.
The Committee was established, and its members selected, by the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation and the Great Rivers Greenway District (GRG). The Foundation is a public-private partnership (National Park Service, GRG, City of St Louis, Missouri Dept of Transportation, and other agencies and organizations on both sides of the River) that is overseeing significant improvements to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Arch and surrounding grounds) designed to strengthen connections of the Arch to the City and the River, to invigorate the grounds and create an experience as memorable as the Arch itself (paraphrasing the CAR 2015 web site). The design team for the $380 million project is headed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates who was selected in a 2009 international design competition.
The Subject committee has been established subsequent to the successful 2 April approval by STL and STL County voters of a 3/16th of one cent sales tax that will provide important funds to the Arch project, additional funding for the GRG's construction of greenways and bike rails throughout the STL region, and funds to repair and improve city and county parks. In addition to its own funds (including those already generated by an existing 1/10th of one cent sales tax), the GRG has been tapped to oversee the tax funding destined for the Arch project.
The CAC will be in operation at least through the project's completion in October 2015 although it could continue since a second related phase with subsequently be undertaken on the other side of the River once additional land is acquired and roads are extended there.