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Posted on: January 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] M2M: Main to Mississippi Plan


Festus and Crystal City Announce Public Kick-off for Great Streets Initiative

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(Crystal City, MO/Festus, MO) - The Cities of Festus and Crystal City are kicking off public events for the Great Streets Initiative process assisted by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. This Great Streets project, dubbed the M2M: Main to Mississippi Plan, seeks to fortify Main Street, Bailey, and Mississippi between the two city halls and improve connections among the neighborhoods. This is truly a unique opportunity to author a strategy for reimagining these downtowns for a brighter reality!  

“One of the goals of the Great Streets Initiative is to look at ways to support the long-enduring, positive relationship between Crystal City and Festus,” stated Paul Hubbman, Senior Manager of Corridor & Long-range Planning for East -West Gateway.  “The process will incorporate past comprehensive plans, focus on enhancing the quality of both downtown districts, develop branding that reinforces the identities of both cities, analyze the economic factors and market realities at play, improve mobility, better connect both downtowns to each other, assess parking, explore underused areas for development opportunities, and reconsider environmental strategies such as stormwater and planted areas.”

 Public input events will be held the weeks of February 1 and February 15 consisting of Design Studios that focus on sections of the study area from Main Street in Festus to Mississippi Avenue in Crystal City. See attached map.   These interactive design studios will be held at the First Baptist Church, 107 N. Truman Boulevard, where participants can learn about the process, share ideas and concerns, and offer feedback on emerging concepts. Participants can attend for 15 minutes, an entire session, or all sessions.  The goal of these workshops is to imagine the area’s future and steps to realizing its full potential.

M2M: Main to Mississippi Plan Final Public Open House Announced!

Monday, May 16 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

First Baptist Church

107 N. Truman

View & Comment on Final Recommendation

The public is encouraged to attend the final public open house on Monday, May 16 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 107 N. Truman Boulevard. The City of Festus and Crystal City will be sharing the final recommendation for the plan and gathering public feedback. Your input is vital to this process and hope you will join us to share your comments!

 The final plan will be completed by June 30, 2022.

The Great Streets Initiative challenges communities to envision streets as more than spaces for automotive travel, but as integrated conduits for moving people, improving connectivity, enhancing local economies, improving ecology, and creating attractive, interesting places – in brief, building stronger communities and rethinking the relationships between streets and their social and economic objectives.  The final Great Streets Initiative will be completed by June 30, 2022.

East-West Gateway Council of Governments fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.  For more information, or to obtain a Title VI Nondiscrimination Complaint Form, see or call (314) 421-4220 or (618) 274-2750.  EWG is committed to ensuring that all meetings are both ADA and LEP accessible.  To request a reasonable accommodation for a meeting please contact EWG’s Title VI Coordinator at least 48 business hours prior to the meeting at (314) 421-4220 or

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