Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area Could Become a `Riverwalk' Council, Other Officials Ponder 4 Plans for Missouri Bottoms-Riverport

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Area Could Become a `Riverwalk' Council, Other Officials Ponder 4 Plans for Missouri Bottoms-Riverport

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A variation of the San Antonio Riverwalk in Maryland Heights? That theme is one of four plans being considered for the 6,000-acre Missouri Bottoms-Riverport area.

Bill Graham, of Espey, Huston and Associates Inc., and Phoebe Kilby, of Strategic Land Planning Inc., presented the plans to Mayor Mike O'Brien, City Council members and other officials.

The plans use four different methods of flood control on the Missouri River: the current levee, the 100-year Howard Bend levee, a 500-year levee and a ring-levee concept with levees surrounding Riverport and the casino complex, industrial parks and retail developments. Currently, a 500-year levee borders the Riverport complex, Players Island and Harrah's. An agricultural levee borders the remainder of the area. The Howard Bend levee is under construction and is expected to be completed next year. A 100-year levee protects an area from a flood that could be expected once every 100 years. The first plan uses the current levee and features a farmers' market and a city-sponsored historic demonstration farm. "This plan would have a lot of recreational and agricultural use because of being in the flood plain," Kilby said. The second plan, using the Howard Bend levee, and the third plan, using a 500-year levee, would solve drainage problems in the area by using internal water structures. "Plan B has a basin with the capacity to store more water without interrupting the development," Kilby said. "The east side could be used for nature trails and wildlife habitats." Canalwalk, shown on the third plan, is an area featuring retail stores and restaurants similar to the San Antonio attraction. Kilby said this plan also would protect the development by using the 500-year levee. The ring-levee concept would have levees built around certain industrial and retail areas. Kilby said, "The idea is to protect strategic spots. The outlying areas would be in the flood plain and could be used for storage. …

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