Join City Affair as we brainstorm ideas for the best use for the 13.5 acre Forest Park Hospital site, now owned by the St. Louis Zoo.
WHAT: City Affair’s Forest Park Hospital Visioning Session
WHEN: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7pm
WHERE: St. James the Greater School, 1310 Tamm Avenue, 63139
WHO: Anyone interested in the future of this large site (and especially Dogtown residents!)
Bring your ideas. This event is free.
The St. Louis Zoo recently purchased the largely vacant Forest Park Hospital site in order to expand for the first time in their century-long history. The proposed expansion is not set in stone, however. The Zoo wishes to add office space and parking to the site, but has not yet completely articulated a vision for every corner of this very large piece of land in the heart of a beloved St. Louis neighborhood, Dogtown (or more specifically, Clayton-Tamm).
The current rendering shows the space given over to landscaped surface parking lots, recreational trails, a parking garage, a preserved office building presently on the site, and even a monorail connecting to the Zoo across Highway 40/I-64. While many celebrated the news of a possible expansion of St. Louis’s largest tourist attraction, some of us wondered if parking lots and fitness trails (across the street from Forest Park) were really ideal uses for the site.
Luckily, the St. Louis Zoo agrees that the site plan (shown below) is just a placeholder and can be improved.
Image source: nextSTL
In case that image is not clear to you, the site plan is below:
Image source: nextSTL
The Zoo has indicated that they will hire a planning consultant that will conduct public outreach regarding the best use of their land south of Forest Park.
Alex Ihnen of nextSTL has teamed with urban visioning website What Should Be to sponsor a Call for Proposals of “What Should Be" at the Forest Park Hospital Site. City Affair’s proposal—which you can contribute to at our Visioning Session—will be submitted to nextSTL’s What Should Be.
Basic information on the event may be found below on this flyer. Feel free to print it out and spread the word!