Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The new community and aquatic center will be located inside Jefferson Barracks Park.
Lemay's new Community & Aquatic Center is expected to open in summer 2014, according to a news release from the St. Louis County Economic Council, but not where it was originally planned. The new center, which received approval last April, will be located inside Jefferson Barracks Park. A site originally proposed at Broadway and Kingston was nixed "after additional geotechnical studies revealed previously unidentified sinkhole conditions underneath the proposed location of the pool," according to the release. Sinkhole conditions reportedly raised additional questions about storm water runoff, and potential conflicts with gas pipelines that run through the site. The team considered several alternate sites, all in the Lemay community, before…
Monday, September 17, 2012
When one man found 752 cast bronze disks in Soldier's Memorial, he had no idea the years of effort involved to turn the forgotten artifacts into a memorial at Jefferson Barracks.
Seventeen years ago, Frank "Skip" Berger made an interesting discovery in the lower level of Soldiers' Memorial in downtown St. Louis. Fifteen unmarked barrels filled with 752 cast bronze disks stood in the dust. Each disk bore the name and military information of a St. Louis service member who lost his or her life while serving in World War I. The serendipitous find began a chain reaction of activity that would impress even professional historians. The American Gold Star Mothers, a group who wished to honor their fallen sons and daughters, commissioned the markers, cast at a local foundry in the 1920s. Berger is a member of the Rollo-Calcaterra American Legion Post 15 and the group began an extensive research and restoration mission. The …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The project, organized by the South County Economic Improvement Group, will start in 2013.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The intersection of Telegraph Road and Interstate 255 will be getting a makeover next year, thanks to some last minute funding from River City Casino. For more than two years, the South County Economic Improvement Group has been looking for funds to improve the 40 acres along Interstate 255 and Telegraph Road. “We wanted to create something that will be a beautiful entrance to the state of Missouri, into Jefferson Barracks and into the Telegraph Oakville area,” said Larry Giesing with the improvement group. The space became a dumping ground after several bridge and road projects, Giesing said. It is eroding and is only mowed once a year. With the amount of funeral processions in and out of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, the …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Construction will begin early in 2013.
A $12 million community center and aquatic park received approval from St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley on Monday. Construction will begin in early 2013 at the intersection of Broadway and Kingston Drive, near Jefferson Barracks Park. “I’m excited to get this moving, because it is going to provide so much enjoyment to residents of all ages in South County,” Dooley said in a county release. “We spent a lot of time in this process listening to citizens and what we heard over and over again is that a community and aquatic center is tops on their list.” Plans include workout facilities, an indoor track and a community meeting space. The aquatic center will feature a leisure pool, lazy river and lap pool. Funding for the community …
Friday, March 16, 2012
The construction will be done by the end of 2012.
Local food pantry Feed My People will have a new look by the end of 2012 with a grant they received from the Port Authority Community Reinvestment Fund. “We are very excited about the grant,” said Gail Davis, the nonprofit’s development coordinator. “We seldom spend money on our facilities and then only when funds are designated for capital projects. The vast majority of our funds are funneled to client programs.” The Port Authority’s $180,000 grant will improve the appearance of the building and thrift store. Feed My People, started in 1982 by John and Carol DeGuire, donated more than $3 million in food to the hungry last year. The pantry tries to provide balanced meals to clients, but their donor base is all volunteer, and it’s waning …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Feed My People and the Lemay Child and Family Center both received grants from the Port Authority.
Five local nonprofits received nearly $2.4 million from the St. Louis County Port Authority to make improvements to the Jefferson Barracks and Lemay communities. Lemay Child and Family Center, which serves approximately 120 kids from ages 6 weeks to 12 years, will receive $350,000 to fund a new playground and outdoor facility. The playground will be a blend of natural play and commercial equipment, said Elaine Powers, the executive director of Lemay Child and Family Center. “We were hopeful and got really excited when we got the phone call and received what we asked for,” Powers said. “The competition with these grants gets tougher every year.” A grass amphitheater, bike trail, kickball field and gardens are among the highlights of the …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Jefferson Barracks and Lemay improvement groups will use the money to enhance the area.
Six local charities and organizations in the Lemay and Jefferson Barracks community received a total of $1.7 million to improve the area. The recipients were announced Tuesday night at the Jefferson Barracks Visitors Center in front of more than 200 people. County Executive Charlie Dooley, County Councilman Steve Stenger and representatives from the Port Authority and St. Louis County Economic Council presented the awards to the groups, charged with using the funds to significantly change the streetscape in the area. The grants are the third round administered by the Port Authority, an affiliate of the St. Louis County Economic Council. The funds stem from the Port Authority Community Reinvestment Fund, created by revenue from the land …