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Downtown to Get Much Brighter with Installation of Second Phase of Smart Lights

September 23, 2021
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Smart lighting system helps improve public safety, adds vibrancy, and supports activations called for in Design Downtown STL plan

Downtown St. Louis is about to get a whole lot brighter and more vibrant, as the second phase of smart-city LED streetlights is being installed as part of an initiative led by Greater St. Louis, Inc. under the recently adopted Design Downtown STL neighborhood plan. The initiative, initially launched by a predecessor organization under the name #LightMySTL, was launched to make Downtown St. Louis safer, smarter, and more beautiful. This LED lighting system includes the smart-city infrastructure that enables additional technology to be added over time, and is more energy efficient than the lights they replace.

“Thanks to very generous donors, we are able to complete the second phase of installing these smart-city lights Downtown and are well on our way to completing the project for all 2,300 cobra-head lights in the Downtown neighborhood,” said Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc. “The colored LED strips add to the vibrancy of Downtown and the LED light fixture shines on both the street and the sidewalk enhancing safety as people move throughout the neighborhood.”

These smart lights can be turned up to near daylight level whenever helpful, such as when people are walking to their cars after a sporting event or concert. The color LED strips on each pole can be customized to match events taking place, like Cardinals and Blues games, or even stars and stripes for July 4, and to designate pedestrian pathways between high-volume venues.

“The continuation of this program and the installation of the second phase of new lights will greatly enhance the experience for everyone Downtown, including our employees and customers,” said Marilyn Bush, President of Bank of America St. Louis and member of the Greater St. Louis, Inc. Chair’s Council. “We are pleased to support this effort and are excited to see these new lights illuminate all the great new events and attractions happening Downtown.”

The first phase of the project saw lights installed along Market Street, and on the streets south of Busch Stadium and Enterprise Center, to Union Station. The second phase has doubled the total number of lights to 1,000, with installations along the Gateway Mall, the Central Business District between 8th Street and Interstate-44, and near the America’s Center.

Increasing the number of smart lights in Downtown follows on the heels of other recent announcements of other activations Downtown, including the return of the Lunchtime Live series at Old Post Office Plaza, the Lot on the Landing concert series on Laclede’s Landing, and plans to redevelop 7th Street between Ballpark Village and the America’s Center. These activations support the work of the recently-formed Downtown Engagement and Public Safety Initiative — composed of Downtown civic, business, governmental and community leaders to activate Downtown’s cultural potential while improving public safety – and align with the vision set by the Design Downtown STL plan to help make Downtown the St. Louis region’s premier walkable, diverse urban neighborhood.

Donors who helped provide funding for this second phase of lights include Bank of America, Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM), and the Regional Business Council.

“These new lights will help improve public safety and advance the goals of Design Downtown STL to make the neighborhood more vibrant and walkable for those who live, work, and visit Downtown,” said Kathy Osborn, President and CEO of the Regional Business Council. “This is a great initiative that we are proud to support.”

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