The three letters in a recent Belleville News-Democrat complaining about the NGA decision to stay in St. Louis reminds me of the choice for the location of the MetroLink station in Fairview Heights. I was asked by my alderman to serve on the committee that made the decision. There were three possible locations. The vacant drive-in theater site at the Highway 157 intersection, unused land at the Highway 161/Lebanon Avenue intersection, and the site of the vacated discount store at the present station’s site.
While the empty land and the drive-in sites seemed the most logical, the committee chose the vacated store site because the previous owners had left underground fuel contamination that would require the city to clean-up. We could get federal help to solve the ecology problem while preparing the site for the station. Kill two birds with one stone.
I see the NGA decision as being similar considering the problems in Ferguson. For metro-east, it is a loss. But looking at the bigger picture, no so for the entire metropolitan area.
Ray Hollmann, Fairview Heights