ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After years of court battles and fights over tax breaks, developer Paul McKee got what he wanted in 2013. Now city officials are waiting to see him deliver on his promise of a revitalized north St. Louis.
Suspense is building for McKee to pick up a shovel and do something.
Tamika Hubbard is an alderman in Ward 5 where McKee has held blocks of vacant properties in limbo, promising a new north St. Louis. How soon would she like to see McKee deliver?
“As soon as possible. I talk to him regularly and every time I’m in his ear, ‘let’s get some things started’ because definitely our community needs it,” Hubbard says. “We waited a long time, things were held up in court a long time.”
Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr. is also getting eager for results.
“I had an opportunity to go by his office and I saw all the plans,” he said, adding that he hasn’t seen any action yet.
McKee did not return phone calls seeking an interview about his plans for the project in 2014. A public relations representative later called to say he was unavailable but is willing to sit down and explain his plans.
“I definitely would just like to see some shovels get in the ground,” Hubbard adds. “I mean, people are waiting. With new development brings jobs and that’s something we’re definitely in need of in the 5th Ward.”