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Kiener Plaza Through Your Eyes

V Three Sudios, LLC. created a few images to try and capture your thoughts from last week’s charrette and emails.

Again, we wish to thank them for spending their time to facilitate last week’s discussion, consolidate our thoughts, and create these images.

Click/press here to read a summary of the neighborhood’s thoughts.

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Kiener Plaza Redesign

The DNA sponsored charrette this past Saturday was a great success in allowing our members to express their views for what they wish to see incorporated into the redesigned Kiener Plaza. If you wish to add your thoughts to the ones below, simply email them to saintlouisdna@gmail.com by Friday, December 19.

V Three Sudios, LLC. consolidated our thoughts into the text below.

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Resulting from the Charrette for Kiener Plaza on Saturday, 5 Crucial Points Emerged:

1. Open Green Lawn
2. Multi-functional Shaded Perimeter
3. Civic Space
4. Respecting Original Donors
5. Who will Program Events and Maintain the Plaza

Open Green Lawn

One of the major concerns that was brought to attention in the discussions of Kiener Plaza is how will this plaza be activated, what will grab people to come here? During the charrette people voiced their opinion that downtown St. Louis has too much hardscapes and lacks green spaces to accommodate its users. A solution would be to design a large open green lawn that acts as an amphitheater centered on the plaza with permanent stage structure. The amphitheater will face west to create signature views with the Old Court House and the Gateway Arch as a backdrop to the audience views. This creates a gathering hot spot for performances including live concerts, theater performances, political gatherings…etc. When not used as a performance venue, the green lawn becomes an open park for people to rest, play, yoga…etc.
Note: The cost for temporary staging is cost prohibitive for many events.

Multi-functional Shaded Perimeter

The shaded perimeter design of the plaza focuses on the city that surrounds. A heavily landscaped perimeter consisting of native tree and plant species becomes an intimate boundary and an inviting entry element to the open lawn and also creates a shade canopy for hot months of the year. A diverse range of programmed spaces fit within this perimeter. Electrical & Plumbing Hookups should be in place for food trucks or food carts. Ideas discussed for program around the perimeter include temporary event tents, cafe tables, chess tables, charging stations, visitor’s center or kiosks, bike parking with a potential bike sharing station, and tour bus drop off and pick up lanes.

Civic Space

Being an extension of the Old Court House lawn and on axis to the Gateway Arch, it is important to recognize that the new design of Kiener Plaza should respect the civic nature of the iconic symbols that surround the plaza.

Respecting Original Donors

The most recognizable and highly photographed element of this plaza is the Running Man statue donated by the Kiener Family and fountain which sits center of the Old Court House and the Gateway Arch. The issue with the current fountain is that the large radius that surrounds the statue not only takes up a large piece of real estate but also pushes its users towards the sides of the plaza. The new design will propose to keep the Running Man in axis with the Old Court House and the Gateway Arch but to push it closer to the Old Court House and have the statue placed on a narrow linear fountain. This will still allow for desired views of the stature to be centered to the Old Court House and Arch and allow users to interact closer to the statue.

Morton May felt passionate about a public performance space in that space and donated the funds to build the current amphitheater. A fresh and modernized amphitheater in the plaza will honor Mr. May and create a much for functional event space.

Who will Program Events and Maintain the Plaza

Active management and maintenance of the public space is critical to making this plaza a successful year-round event space. Who will manage the event space and program year- round events and what will the yearly funding cover in terms of management? No need to overdesign for something that will not be given the proper attention and support.

DNA Holiday Party

Our 1st Annual Holiday Party is being held in the Grand Hall Lounge at Union Station on Thursday, December 18th from 5-7pm.

Sit back and enjoy the beautifully decorated Grand Hall while chatting with your downtown neighbors and coworkers. We hope to see you there!

Kiener Plaza Charrette

char·rette
SHəˈret/
noun

NORTH AMERICAN
  1. a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions.

 

We are hosting a charrette for the Kiener Plaza redesign next Saturday, December 13 from 10am-12pm in the Carnegie Room of the Central Library. This is a great opportunity to guide the redevelopment of a prominent park in our neighborhood.

We will learn about the current proposal, discuss what’s possible and what we wish to see, and develop our own set of recommendations as a group to present to CityArchRiver.

Notice of Potential Amendment to the Bylaws

At the General Membership Meeting on November 10, 2014, the Board proposed an amendment to the Bylaws. The proposed amendment would have amended the Bylaws by creating three separate classes of directors in order to have staggered terms. Prior to the vote by the general membership, concerns from the membership were raised as to the process by which the vote was being conducted. In the interest of “transparency”, the Board tabled the matter until a later date.

This memorandum sets forth one possible way in which the Board of Directors may proceed.

Proposed Amendment to the Bylaws
Currently, Article VIII, Section 3 of the Bylaws provides as follows:

Terms of Board Members. The term of each seat on the Board of Directors shall be for one (1) year. There shall be no term limitations imposed and a General Member may serve as many times as he or she is elected to the Board of Directors.

The proposed amendment to the Bylaws, would remove Article VIII, Section 3 of the Bylaws in its entirety, and replace it with the following:

Terms of Board Members. When the General Membership elects the Board of Directors at the 2015 Annual Meeting, the General Membership shall elect three separate classes of directors for the sole purpose of ensuring that the terms of the Directors are staggered. Class 1 shall include three (3) seats on the Board of Directors, and there shall be an election for these three (3) seats every even numbered year thereafter. Class 2 shall include three (3) seats on the Board of Directors, and there shall be an election for these three (3) seats in every odd numbered year thereafter. Class 3 shall include one (1) seat on the Board of Directors, and there shall be an election for this one (1) seat every year thereafter.

There shall be no term limitations imposed, and a General Member may serve on the Board of Directors as many times as he or she may be elected to the Board of Directors.

Click/press here to view the ballot. 

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