Several Florissant city officials, employees and community leaders gathered in the Florissant Meadows parking lot Wednesday afternoon for the ribbon cutting of the beautification project.
Mayor Robert Lowery spoke in front of a group of 20 people to discuss the second leg of the project. Originally, Florissant partnered with the city of Hazelwood to complete renovations to Lindbergh from Interstate 270 to Charbonier Road, which were completed in late 2004.
The second portion of the beautification project continues from Charbonier Road to Lindsay Lane and Patterson Road to the Cold Water Creek Bridge.
“I don’t know how much you believe this is vital to the city of Florissant, but it is vital,” Mayor Lowery said. “It will be a showcase to the city of Florissant.”
Lowery’s administration has worked with the East-West Gateway Council to attain $1.7 million in federal funding for the project.
Rick Siefert, project manager of Black and Veatch, who helped design the first and second projects, said that once the project is completed, the second leg will support new sidewalks, historic street lighting and shrubbery, as well as ramps on the sidewalks compliant wit the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Siefert said.
Dave Otto, president of , spoke of his great admiration for the first part of the project.
“It’s a lot more pleasant experience, and it makes our community as beautiful as other cities in St. Louis County,” said Otto, who’s also the chairman of the board for the .
Although Lowery expressed his excitement for the second part of the project, he also issued a challenge for the next mayor and his administration to continue the progress with a third leg of the project.
Construction for the second leg of the Lindbergh project is expected to begin Monday.