Paul McKee

5:44 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Gives Paul McKee Green Light On Northside Project

Paul McKee.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

After over 3 years of litigation, developer Paul McKee’s controversial Northside Regeneration Project is being allowed to proceed.  On Tuesday the Missouri Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision blocking McKee’s use of so-called "Tax Increment Financing," (TIF) for the development.

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6:39 am
Mon February 25, 2013

While Northside Waits, Clemens House Crumbles

The Clemens House was built by Mark Twain’s uncle James Clemens and completed in 1860. Developer Paul McKee bought the property in 2005.
(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

A huge redevelopment project on St. Louis’ north side has been in a holding pattern for years.

A lawsuit challenged the city’s authorization of millions of dollars in tax incentives for the 1,500-acre development “Northside Regeneration.”

The Missouri Supreme Court could rule on the case as early as Tuesday.

But as St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports, the years of waiting for work to begin have left questions about whether developer Paul McKee can really pull off his expansive plan.

The Mark Twain Connection

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NorthSide Redevelopment
7:42 am
Wed February 13, 2013

McKee Asks Mo. House Committee For More Time To Make Use Of Land Assemblage Tax Credits

St. Louis Developer Paul McKee tells a Mo. House committee about his NorthSide Regeneration Project. McKee wants lawmakers to pass a bill that would extend the life of the state's Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit program until Aug. 28th, 2019.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis developer Paul McKee took center stage Tuesday night at a Missouri House hearing on legislation that would extend the lifespan of the Distressed Areas Land Assemblage Tax Credit program (DALATC).

The controversial incentives are set to expire August 28th, but if passed, House Bill 423 would push the expiration date to August 28th, 2019, giving McKee six more years to get his NorthSide Regeneration Project off the ground.  He says the extra time will enable his group to put together large parcels that can be used to lure another Mastercard or another Express Scripts to St. Louis.

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NorthSide Redevelopment
5:44 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Lawsuit Over NorthSide Project, TIF Law, Heard By Mo. Supreme Court

Developer Paul McKee outside the main hearing room at the Missouri Supreme Court on Nov. 28th, 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis developer Paul McKee’s NorthSide redevelopment plan took center stage today at the Missouri Supreme Court.

He’s been seeking nearly $400 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) from the city – but the project has been on hold since Circuit Judge Robert Dierker ruled two years ago that its details are too vague to justify awarding TIF dollars and for declaring two square miles of north St. Louis as blighted.  Cheryl Nelson is one of the plaintiffs.  She says McKee’s project has wrecked the property value of her home.

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Bottle District
4:10 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Bill Making Bottle District Part Of McKee's Northside Revived

The Bottle District, situated just north of downtown, is now part of Paul McKee's Northside Regeneration Initiative.
Credit (via Flickr/pasa47)

What better time than just after Halloween for the Board of Aldermen to raise a bill from the dead.

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Bottle District
4:09 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Northside-Bottle District Combination Hits Snag

Legislation that would make the 17-acre Bottle District part of a larger effort to redevelop north St. Louis has hit a procedural snag at the Board of Aldermen.
Credit (via Flickr/pasa47)

A measure that would combine the Bottle District north of the Edward Jones Dome with Paul McKee's larger plan to redevelop north St. Louis ran aground on a procedural motion at City Hall today.

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Developing: Paul McKee
11:52 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court will hear McKee north St. Louis development case

The Missouri Supreme Court will consider the fate of Paul McKee's plan for a major redevelopment of north St. Louis.

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 ..."

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Northside appeal
3:14 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

McKee case in the hands of Mo. Court of Appeals

The fate of Paul McKee's $8 billion plan to make over 1,500 acres in north St. Louis is in the hands of the Mo. Court of Appeals.
(Matt Sepic/St. Louis Public Radio)

A wait-and-see game is again underway for opponents and supporters of an $8 billion plan to make over 1,500 acres of north St. Louis city.

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Bottle District
4:07 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Aldermen approve McKee effort to buy Bottle District site

The Board of Aldermen has approved legislation allowing Paul McKee to purchase the Bottle District site. McKee has plans for a $190 million mixed-use project.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

Paul McKee's redevelopment footprint in north St. Louis is a major step closer to growing by 17 acres.

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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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