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The Tower Grove Connector grew out of community engagement efforts that began in 2016. From 2016 to 2018 more than 4,000 St. Louis City residents and 50 partner organizations gave input that shaped the local non-profit advocate Trailnet's Connecting St. Louis Plan. Based on that input, Tower Grove Avenue and Vandeventer Avenue were identified as a recommended route for upgrades.
Following the recommendations of that plan, the project partners engaged local landscape architecture firm, SWT Design and Brooklyn-based design firm, DLANDstudio to conduct a feasibility study specifically for the corridor between the Cortex District and Tower Grove Park. Those partners included Arch to Park, BJC HealthCare, City of St. Louis, Cortex Innovation Community, Missouri Botanical Garden, Park Central Development Corporation, Tower Grove Park, Tower Grove Neighborhood CDC, Trailnet, Washington University, Washington University Medical Center, and Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation. The resulting Cortex-Tower Grove Connector Plan outlines barriers and opportunities, identifies the recommended route, and showcases preliminary renderings to help envision the transformation of the corridor.
In 2020, together with community partners, the City of St. Louis applied for a federal construction grant to build a two-way protected bike lane (two-way cycle track) along Tower Grove Avenue and Vandeventer Avenue with additional bike and crosswalk improvements along Tower Grove Avenue and Sarah Avenue, as well as signal optimization to decrease congestion. Residents overwhelmingly supported the project during a public comment window and the project was awarded $5.59 million later that year.
Here are a sample of public comments received during the CMAQ grant application: