St. Louis—The St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed Proposition P, a plan to enhance the Gateway Arch grounds and parks in St. Louis County with new construction that will create more than 500 construction jobs each year for the next three years plus more than 4,000 new, permanent jobs.
The plan would be paid for by a 3/16 of one-cent sales tax that will be on the April 2 ballot for voter approval. It amounts to about two cents on a $10 purchase.
The project calls for a cap to be built over Interstate 70 along the west side of the Arch grounds, plus new paths, landscaping and sidewalk cafes on the landing along the Mississippi River.
In also includes money to enhance existing county parks and doubles the funds for municipal parks.
Jeff Abbousie, executive secretary-treasurer of the building trades, told delegates at the council’s March 6 meeting that he had been assured by Civic Progress and other proponents that the construction would be done by union contractors and workers.
“These projects will help our local economy, make the Arch a more inviting place to visit plus improve our local parks and create jobs for hundreds of union construction workers.
"We encourage all union members to vote yes for Proposition P.”