St. Louis Archgrounds project could be delayed

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(KTVI) - There could be a delay in the $380 million renovation project at the Archgrounds.  It appears to be over one contract not getting renewed.

The already-ambitious project could beset back by four months if this issue doesn't get resolved.  Details of the potential delay appear in Thursday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ground was originally broken on the massive project back in August. The completion date is scheduled for October 2015, the 50th anniversary of the Arch's completion.

Here's the problem:
Wednesday, Arch officials presented the overhaul plans in Denver to the National Park Service's top construction advisory board. That board's approval is required to begin the bidding and construction.

But the Post-Dispatch reports that CityArchRiver 2015, one of the project's main partners, refused to provide a series of contracts between it and the Park Service.  The reason -- CityArchRiver is frustrated that the park hasn't yet signed a contract with Metro over the running of the Arch trams.

Because those other contracts weren't provided, the construction advisory didn't give the green light to start the project.

The board doesn't meet again until March of next year.


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