FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is this area important?


Comprising of 1.6 miles, and 25% of the City's total riverfront, the Bangert Island area is vitally important to the City's growth economically, ecologically, and recreationally. When complete, the project is expected to generate 4,000 new jobs, create a $1.5 billion economic impact, and increase access to recreational opportunities.




Will the project cause flooding elsewhere on the Missouri River?


No, this project will not cause flooding elsewhere on the Missouri River. Extensive flood modeling has shown that there is not an increased flooding risk.




Won't the development flood?


No, the excavation from the water quality basin will raise the development well above the 500 year flood elevation, and well above the levels seen in the flood of 1993.




What will happen to the island?


The island will stay in its natural state, and will not be developed. Natural surface trails will remain in place for off-road cyclists and hikers, and the island will continue to serve as an attraction for local outdoor recreation. While the island itself will not change, the ecosystem surrounding the island will improve dramatically. The blighted and underutilized parcels adjacent to the island will be cleaned up as part of the development.




Will there still be trails on the island?


Yes! No island trails will be impacted with the project, and connection to the island will be maintained. The natural surface trails will remain in place for off-road cyclists and hikers, and the island will continue to serve as an attraction for local outdoor recreation. Before plans are finalized, the City will coordinate with the cycling community, who has been integral in the development of the existing trail system. The Katy Trail will also continue to run through the project area. City staff is working with the Missouri State Parks Department to help determine the best configuration for runners and cyclists.




How will I get to the island?


Currently, access to the island is on a narrow metal walkway that can become unusable following local rain showers. This will be improved to allow more frequent access to the island.




Won't this area compete with existing businesses?


Saint Charles is a vibrant City that brings in more tourists, residents, and businesses every year. The City is the 3rd largest tourist destination in the state, was recently voted the #1 place to live Missouri, and is located in the fastest growing County in the State of Missouri. In addition to complimenting the amenities of Historic Main Street, Family Arena, and Ameristar Resort, Casino, & Spa, the Bangert Island Riverfront will help draw some of the nation's most attractive employers and candidates to the City of Saint Charles.




What will happen to the Katy Trail?


The Katy Trail will be raised to above the 100-year flood elevation, and re-routed along the peremeter of the site, removing vehicular crossings.




What are the existing conditions and are natural areas being disrupted for development?


This project is focused on sustainable development in areas that are already developed, but remain blighted or underutilized. This project will not develop the natural island. The Phase 1 development area, which is owned by the City, was home to several dilapidated structures and storage lots. The southern area currently operates as a concrete and sand production plant. The island will not be developed as part of this project.




Why is this project important to the City?


When complete, this project is expected to create up to 4,000 new jobs and have a $1.5 billion impact on the local economy. Comprising of 1.6 miles and 25% of the City's total riverfront, the Bangert Island area is vitally important to the City's growth economically and recreationally.




What kind of uses is the City looking to have in the area?


Different areas of the development lend themselves better to different uses. The City expects a sustainable mixed use development in the Phase 1 area with a combination of retail, office space, multi-family residential, dining, and entertainment. Phase 2 has larger lot sizes, and lends itself to larger tenants such as office headquarters, entertainment venues, and other development complementary to the Family Arena.




How can I get to the project area?


From Interstate 70, exit at the 5th Street exit, and proceed through the new interchange. Turn left on Lombard Street and continue until you get to South Main Street. Phase 1 of Bangert Island lies straight ahead. (0.25 miles from Interstate 70)

From Page Extension / MO-364, exit at Arena Parkway, and travel north on Arena Parkway. As you pass the Family Arena you will see the Phase 2 area on your right. (1.5 miles from Highway 364)




How many jobs will be created?


According to Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), it is anticipated the project will create approximately 4,000 jobs.




What is the economic impact of this development?


The economic impact of this development will be regionally significant. According to Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), the project will have a $1.5 billion impact to the regional economy.