April Ford-Griffin

Griffin farewell
4:18 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Colleagues bid farewell to April Ford-Griffin

April Ford-Griffin (center, red glasses) listens as Ald. Marlene Davis (at podium) reads a tribute resolution for Ford-Griffin. The former 5th Ward alderwoman stepped down Sept. 30 to take a job leading the St. Louis Civil Rights Enforcement Agency.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

They called her "Mama Duck," for the way she tried to move everyone toward consensus.

She was a "pillar" of an alderwoman despite her short stature, a small lady with big ideas, compassionate, steady, deliberate.

They gave her a crystal bowl, because, as alderwoman Marlene Davis put it, "When you look at crystal, you know that it has that shine, that gleam, but it's also sturdy and lifelong, and that's you."

That's how members of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen said farewell to April Ford-Griffin at City Hall this morning.

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Alderwoman leaves
3:10 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Ford-Griffin to leave St. Louis Board of Aldermen for mayor's office

Ald. April Ford-Griffin, who has represented the 5th Ward since 1997, will resign her seat Sept. 30 to become the head of the city's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency.
(photo courtesy of the city of St. Louis)

Ald. April Ford-Griffin, who took over as chairman of the St. Louis city budget committee this year, is leaving the aldermanic chambers for the Mayor's office.

Mayor Francis Slay announced on Friday that Ford-Griffin, who has served as the Fifth Ward alderwoman since 1997, will be the new director of the city's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency, which Slay called a "vitally important agency." The former director, Ruby L. Bonner, retired on July 1.

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Northside moves forward
3:59 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

Northside projects get aldermanic approval

A small piece of an $8.1 billion plan to redevelop north St. Louis took another step forward today.

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
6:18 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Despite ruling on financing, development moves forward in north St. Louis

Paul McKee of McEagle Properties, LLC. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Developer Paul McKee is moving forward with part of his controversial development of north St. Louis.

That's despite a ruling from a circuit court judge which is holding back nearly $400 million in tax increment financing (TIF).

Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin says the project will create a recycling center and clear 21 vacant lots near the new Mississippi River Bridge.

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Northside Regeneration Initiative
11:35 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Alderwoman introduces new project agreement ordinance for NorthSide development project

Paul McKee, Jr. of McEagle Properties, LLC. Legislation that will be officially introduced tomorrow at the Board of Aldermen would authorize work on a small chunk of McKee's massive redevelopment project for the North Side, which a judge threw out in
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 4:20 p.m. to correct math error in amount of demolition and remediation.

Developer Paul McKee's plan to revitalize North St. Louis is taking a few small steps forward.

Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin will officially introduce legislation tomorrow  authorizing Northside Regeneration LLC, McKee's company, to start work on about $3 million of projects in the two-square mile site.

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