Photos: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Gateway Arch Project, Hosts Open House

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National Park Service environmental assessment report. Big photos below.
  • National Park Service environmental assessment report. Big photos below.

Are you happy with the plans you've heard so far for the City Arch River 2015 project? Now is your chance to weigh in on the future of the Gateway Arch. The National Park Service recently completed its mandatory environmental assessment -- (very large) full report on view below -- and today is giving members of the public the opportunity to offer comments in person at an open house.

The project aims to connect the Gateway Arch grounds with the east and west riverfronts and the region as part of a massive revitalization of the area.

And through the lengthy public review process, NPS has outlined several alternatives to the current proposal, including a "no-action" plan.

The open house today is at the Old Courthouse (11 North 4th Street) from 4 to 7 p.m and members of the public can offer official comments until March 1st.

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After that, the NPS reviews public comments and responds to concerns, says spokeswoman Ann Honious. And if the NPS supports the so-called "preferred alternative," which is the City Arch River plan that involves the most significant change to the area, it will issue a finding of "no significant impact."

Simply put, this is the process the project needs to go through to get the next green light before pushing forward with the development.

"We look at the cultural resources, the visitor experience...the natural resources," Honious tells Daily RFT.

If you want to be super prepared for the open house, take a look at this 256-page report below, which dives into the nitty gritty of potential impacts.

From the environmental assessment, which looks at the current proposal, here are some renderings of possible designs:

ALL PHOTOS VIA NPS.GOV
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Continue for the full environmental assessment report.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

More from our Environment archive: "Think It's Cold Today? At Least the River's Still Flowing"

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