The life sciences district known as Cortex has gotten initial approval for the first phase of its $2.1 billion expansion plan.
The city's Tax Increment Financing commission voted today to authorize about $35 million in incentives for the first phase, which totals about $160 million.
The phase includes new office and laboratory space, a new Shriners' Hospital, and a streetscapeÂ known as Cortex Commons. Here's how it breaks down:
The minority business advocacy group MOKAN says the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is not doing enough to include local minority and female workers in its sewer upgrade projects.
MOKAN executive director Yaphett El-Amin says her group wants MSD to increase the transparency of its hiring practices and invest at least $23.5 million in worker training programs.
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