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About WFAP2018-09-26T20:10:20+00:00

ABOUT WFAP

The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project aims to help re-imagine and transform part of West Florissant Avenue to create a safe and accessible area for vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. These improvements will seek to create an attractive sense of place – helping to make West Florrisant Avenue a more desirable place to shop, socialize, travel, and live. Ultimately, the Project also hopes to be catalyst for more community development and improved economic conditions along the corridor.

OUR VISION

West Florissant Avenue connects neighborhoods, institutions, parks and town center areas with safe and attractive linkages for pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and transit. The design of the street brings a cohesive image and identity to Dellwood and Ferguson. Civic places and walkable areas define the heart of the community. This Great Street offers a healthy lifestyle not solely dependent on cars, and benefits from rich sustainable landscapes and natural features. The street’s future development is the reflection of strong collaboration among Dellwood, Ferguson and St. Louis County.

CONNECT COMMUNITIES

People from Ferguson and Dellwood live, shop, worship and work along the corridor, but it is not easy to get from one place to another. The Project hopes to make it easier for people to travel along West Florissant and take advantage of its many great shops, small businesses and community centers. The Project is committed to involving and empowering the community through advisory groups, public meetings, community events, surveys, and on-the-job training through internships.

STRENGTHEN IDENTITIES

West Florissant Avenue is a good place to live, work and shop. Ask any of the local small business owners or residents who are proud of their community and they will tell you why it is a strong, resilient and passionate community. However, the negative media attention placed on the corridor has hurt its image. The Project includes a branding and identity component to help create a sense of place of which residents and business owners can be proud, and which will help encourage more visitors and investment along the corridor. The community will play an important role in developing a strong brand and identity for West Florissant Avenue.

ENHANCE MOBILITY

It’s not easy to get around large, wide streets that were designed for cars. Roadways like West Florissant Avenue were built at a time when people did not think about walking from shop to shop, or riding your bike down to the market. Walking and biking along West Florissant today is often difficult, which does not encourage people to walk to visit their neighbors and shops down the street. The Project will design and create the necessary improvements that make it more connected, safe and accessible for all users.

BUILD MOMENTUM

The Project wants to catalyze economic and community development opportunities for the area business community and surrounding neighborhoods. The Project is part of the Saint Louis Great Streets Initiative that has helped transform other regional corridors such as South Grand Avenue, Natural Bridge Avenue, and Page Avenue.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Master Plan Completed: June 2014
Preliminary Design Phase: October 2016 – December 2017
Applications for Federal Funding – 2017

GETTING STARTED

The start of construction on Segments 3, 4, and 5 depends on funding. The Project team is preparing to be able to apply for federal funding as soon as applications are accepted. We are committed to making this vision a reality.

Project Funding

The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project has currently received funding to design improvements on West Florissant Avenue from the Norfolk Southern Railroad in the south to Stein Avenue in the north. This part of the Project is called the Preliminary Design phase and will run until late 2017. The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Master Plan, completed in June 2014, provided a vision for the Project thanks to community feedback. According to the Master Plan, Project construction will cost upwards of $33 million. Right now, we have $2.5 million dedicated to this Phase for Preliminary Design, which involves concept refinement, conceptual estimating, data collection, topographical and boundary surveys, geotechnical studies, utility coordination, community engagement, and design work among other tasks. This work is required before the project can be funded or built.

OUR SPONSORS

The Project is sponsored by St. Louis County Department of Transportation and East-West Gateway Council of Governments (St. Louis’ regional planning organization), in partnership with the Cities of Dellwood and Ferguson. West Florissant Avenue is maintained by St. Louis County.

GET INVOLVED

The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets Project needs your help during the Preliminary Design phase. We want your input to help decide which features are most desirable.

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