The Deer Creek Trail extension, through Maplewood, has been effectively cancelled by Great Rivers Greenway after delays by Maplewood’s city council in approving the project jeopardized a federal grant of $1.5 million awarded to GRG to build the trail.
This month, GRG was already beyond a federal deadline to show progress on the project, waiting for Maplewood’s decision to OK the route alignment, according to St. Louis 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie. GRG’s preferred route was along Greenwood Boulevard.
Maplewood council members at a meeting on Feb. 12 OK’d the northern route, along Greenwood, following City Manager Marty Corcoran’s suggestion that he would send a letter to GRG with the city’s stipulations.
Among those stipulations were, if possible, routing the trail underground at Oxford and Big Bend, multiple design solutions for safety at the Greenwood/Sutton intersection, and parking and trail width requirements. See Maplewood’s letter to GRG here.
Great Rivers Greenway responded on Feb. 20 that ‘the project is not ready to progress on the original timeline within the original scope of the project,’ and considering Maplewood’s requirements outlined in the letter they will decline the federal grant and release the project from the grant deadline. See the GRG letter to Mayor Greenberg and the city council.
GRG said in the letter that if Maplewood wants to reconsider its demands and proceed with a new planning effort to contact them no later than April 30, 2018, and that any issues in the Maplewood letter needs to be resolved before that date, ‘otherwise current funding will be reprogrammed for projects that are ready and waiting to move forward..’