ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Developer Paul McKee faced a skeptical crowd of some 200 residents concerned about his plan to reshape the landscape of north St. Louis.
McKee appeared before the city’s Tax Increment Fiance Commission, seeking the release of funds to help pay for work on roads and infrastructure improvements. Many residents complained they feel “left out” and not sure what the specifics are for McKee’s plan.
“We need to know about it,” said Charlesetta Taylor, “He does have a good plan, but it doesn’t seem to include us.”
McKee responded that the $8 billion, 1,500 acre development plan has been widely talked about in over a hundred community meetings with residents who are “mostly supportive.” So why didn’t they come to show their support at the TIF meeting?
“The silent majority doesn’t come to these meetings,” McKee said, “They don’t want the tension.”
The Missouri Supreme Court has already approved a once-disputed $390 million city TIF for McKee’s northside redevelopment plan. Now, the TIF Commission is deliberating whether to release those funds. A decision is expected at the next meeting September 11. After that the St. Louis Board of Aldermen would have its say. Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. voiced strong reservations, and said he still has “a lot of unanswered questions” about McKee’s vision.