The fate of a massive redevelopment in north St. Louis city will rest with the Missouri Supreme Court.
In an order issued today, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District wrote that it agrees with a district court ruling throwing out developer Paul McKee's $8 billion plan for the 1,500-acre site, but "because of the general interest and importance of the questions involved, we order this cause transferred to the Missouri Supreme Court ..."
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.
In March, the Missouri Supreme Court heard a case regarding the constitutionality of a state tax credit which, as we stated then, enabled St. Louis developer Paul McKee to buy up several tracts of land on the city’s north side.
When the case was heard in March, attorney Irene Smith, who represents plaintiffs and North St. Louis residents Barbara Manzara and Keith Marquard, said that the tax credit violates the state constitution by giving state tax dollars to private business interests.
The Supreme Court cited a couple different reasons for their decision.
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
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.