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Feb. 19, 2015
St. Louis-area building trades commit to 24-hour construction schedule without overtime to build stadium, redevelop the north riverfront, Gov. Nixon announces
Agreement among St. Louis area construction labor councils will maximize efficiencies and reduce construction costs
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon joined skilled construction workers in St. Louis today to announce that the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, the Eastern Missouri Laborers’ District Council, and the Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis have agreed to work a 24-hour schedule without overtime to build an NFL stadium that will redevelop the north riverfront.
Based on the agreed schedule of three, eight-hour shifts, five days a week, it is estimated that construction on the proposed riverfront stadium could be completed in two years and would save approximately $40 million in construction costs when compared to a work schedule of two ten-hour shifts. The proposed stadium project would provide work for an estimated 1,500 workers per day at peak construction and result in a total of 3.4 million work hours. The redevelopment proposal, announced in January, calls for an open-air, 64,000-seat stadium on a 90-plus acre site on the edge of the Mississippi River.
“Missouri workers have always been the driving force behind our economic growth, because they show up early, stay late and get the job done,” said Gov. Nixon. “This project is about more than football and franchises, it’s about revitalizing a distressed area, creating good jobs and expanding economic opportunities for workers and families across the region. From manufacturing next-generation aircraft to redeveloping neighborhoods, this commitment from St. Louis-area labor groups demonstrates once again how Missouri’s skilled, experienced and organized workforce gives us a tremendous competitive advantage.”
In his remarks today, the Governor reiterated the criteria which a proposed stadium must meet, specifically:
[if !supportLists]1. [endif]Strong protections for taxpayers and no new tax burden on Missourians;
[if !supportLists]2. [endif]A private financial commitment from the NFL and its local franchise.
[if !supportLists]3. [endif]The new stadium must be held as a public asset – owned by and for the benefit of the people;
[if !supportLists]4. [endif]Construction of a stadium would need to provide good-paying jobs for Missourians;
[if !supportLists]5. [endif]There must be a plan to maximize the ongoing economic value of the existing Dome; and
[if !supportLists]6. [endif]The project must result in the redevelopment of a blighted area that would remain blighted be but for the construction of a stadium.
Recently, Ameren and the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (“TRRA”) agreed to relocate critical infrastructure to accommodate construction of a stadium. Ameren would relocate two transmission towers and power lines that feed the north riverfront substation located at Biddle and Second Street, while TRRA, would relocate the current tracks west to accommodate the stadium on the riverfront.
In November, Gov. Nixon appointed former president of Anheuser-Busch David Peacock and Clayton attorney Robert Blitz to conduct an analysis of the current situation regarding the St. Louis Rams and submit a proposal on options to ensure that St. Louis remains an NFL city. The current proposal is a result of this analysis.
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