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Downtown commuter bike center gets building funds

9:26 AM, Sep 8, 2010   |    comments
  • The future site of the downtown commuter bike center.
  • The future site of the downtown commuter bike center.
    
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St. Louis  (KSDK) -- The funding has been finalized for the public commuter bike center that the mayor's office expects to be open to the public by the fall.

The commuter bike center will utilize 1,300-square feet of the ground floor of the 1011 Locust Street building, which is owned by Loftworks. The building is also two blocks away from a Metrolink station.

Bicyclists will be able to secure their bikes, store their gear and shower before going to work.

Historic tax credits were used to restore the building and the city applied for a Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund the project. Those federal funds were designated only for energy-saving projects. $181,600 in grant money will cover the costs to purchase lockers, interior bike racks and fund the operation costs of the bike center for two years.

The Downtown Community Improvement District, Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and Loftworks will provide additional funding.

KSDK

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