Another step was made last week in a two-prong redevelopment approach in Washington.
The city council agreed to purchase a home at 902 Locust St. which will be part of a larger area to be utilized for “starter homes,” according to Sal Maniaci, community and economic development director.
The project began in 2015 with the city’s purchase of the Frick’s Trailer Park property at 800 Locust St., south of Eighth Street, with plans for stormwater improvements. A goal of the project is to manage the creek and protect properties from flooding.
“All of the property in the Busch Creek watershed could benefit from this,” said City Administrator Darren Lamb.
After the purchase of the property, the city contracted with BFA Inc., Washington, to conduct a channel improvement feasibility study for the creek from Highway 47 west to Elm Street.
The Frick’s Building was razed more than a year ago, and that will be the location of a trailhead for future Busch Creek Greenway bicycle and walking path. The designs for the path call for a trailhead with a parking area at Eighth and Jefferson streets.
The total size of the city-owned property is 1.3 acres.
Aside from areas to be used for stormwater improvement, and the Busch Creek Greenway, the remaining acreage will be used for small-lot homes.
The goal, Maniaci said, is to offer less costly residences for people joining the workforce.
“We have had a lot of new residential development on the higher end,” he said. “That is great but we want to come at it at both ends.”
There will be 15 to 20 homes, depending on how large the lots are.
The property had been residential in the past, and homes would fit the area.
“All of the surrounding property are residential and they have similar lot sizes,” Maniaci said. “There will be a trail connecting to downtown — it is a good location for starter homes that can access the amenities downtown.”
The residential lots will likely be more than 6,000 square feet in size.
The tract of land at 902 Locust St. was purchased from Carleen Holtmeyer and Claudette Daegele at the cost of $135,000.
Busch Creek Greenway
Maniaci said the city has submitted plans to the Missouri Department of Transportation to get approval to move forward with construction of the trail.
Construction still is slated for 2019, he said.
He noted that the city will be required to conduct an archeological survey of the proposed path and must receive RFQs to review.
In January, the city secured funding for the project, utilizing a Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant to fund the 3-mile-long trail.
The federal portion of the grant is $580,162. The city match would be about $145,000.
The plan calls for a mixture of on- and off-street trails. The project would involve the city constructing a 10-foot path along Busch Creek on city-owned property.
The path would start at the trailhead at Jefferson and Eighth streets. The path would stay off the street and run along the creek until it got to MacArthur Street. The path would jump onto MacArthur and head north, before moving east on Eighth Street.
From Eighth Street, the path would head south onto Camp Street and then go east on Ninth Street until it went back off-street at Ninth and International.
The on-street portion of the trail is similar to the current bike trail already designated by the city. For the new path there would be no infrastructure changes and the city would not be adding any bike lanes or building sidewalks.
Instead there would be more signs directing people where to go on the greenway and street “sharrows” — painted markings on the street to show the road should be shared between bicyclists and vehicles.