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North Sarah Apartments

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson discusses the St. Louis Opportunity Zones with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Friday met with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, D-University City, and other state and city leaders in St. Louis to tour new real estate developments in low-income communities.

Carson came to St. Louis to highlight Opportunity Zones, a federal program that encourages investment in neglected communities by offering incentives to developers, including tax breaks. The program was established as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Alderman Terry Kennedy, left, has been dealing with the aftermath of a police shooting in his ward. The 18th Ward Democrat says the past couple of days showcases unconfortable truths about poverty and trust in St. Louis.
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For the past few days, Alderman Terry Kennedy has been through a complex whirlwind.

Kennedy’s 18th Ward includes the intersection of Walton and Page, the place close to where police shot and killed Mansur Ball-Bey. Protests, tear gas and arson followed after the 18-year-old’s death in the Fountain Park neighborhood, the latest epicenter of a police shooting in the St. Louis area.

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Ann Walker works for McCormack Baron Salazar. Not only does she work for one of the companies that helped develop the North Sarah Community, she’s also a resident.

“The kids in the neighborhood know me. I have a little dog that I walk,” Walker said. “They always want to see if the dog can come out and play.”

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120 mixed-income apartments are now available to residents of St. Louis’18th Ward, just north of the old Gaslight Square.

The project, called "North Sarah Apartments," is a LEED-certified green community, with garden style and townhouse apartments.

18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy said the project was envisioned by residents over 10 years ago.

Central to their idea, Kennedy says, was the restoration of a commercial district on North Sarah Street.