Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Study Foresees Blue Skies for Urban Golf Course 180-Acre Site near Downtown Is Ideal, Firm Concludes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Study Foresees Blue Skies for Urban Golf Course 180-Acre Site near Downtown Is Ideal, Firm Concludes

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The feasibility study reads like a real estate ad: "A suburbanite lifestyle in an urban environment."

That's what a consultant says a golf course and residential development would create in a bleak area just blocks northwest of downtown St. Louis.

The St. Louis Development Corp. paid Don Childs Associates, a Detroit area firm, $38,000 to study the area bounded roughly by Jefferson Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, 20th Street and St. Louis Avenue.

Childs concluded that the largely vacant, 180-acre tract is prime ground for a golf course and learning center, town houses, single-family homes and rent-to-own condos.

The same company that did the study wants to become the developer for the proposed "Gateway Village" project, Don Childs said. He intends to bid on the project.

Many residents say they are skeptical of the plan. They will have a chance to express their opinions at a meeting at 7 tonight at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2153 Salisbury Street.

The study describes Gateway Village as a prototype urban renewal plan that would generate "a return to living in major metropolitan cities."

"Don Childs Associates feels that with the right marketing program, the building of a golf course will significantly help attract golfers to the facilities and aid in the purchase of new home properties," the study says.

Much of the property needed for the development is city-owned. But 209 residences and 16 commercial buildings would be razed to make way for Gateway Village, the study noted.

At the meeting tonight, Maureen McAvey, executive director of St. Louis Development Corp., and LeRoy Grant, the mayor's chief of staff, will discuss the study with members of the Greater Pruitt-Igoe Neighborhood Association.

Residents have complained that officials refused to give details of the study, completed last month.

Childs said there is a market for another golf course in St. …

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