Does McKee’s north St. Louis redevelopment have a future

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(KTVI)-Nine months ago, developer Paul McKee appeared on the Jaco Report.  At the time, the Missouri Supreme Court had just declared his controversial north side regeneration program legal. For a decade, McKee had secretly bought up thousands of parcels of land in north St. Louis.  A lot of them fell into disrepair. Some partly collapsed. Neighbors complained about the properties. That reality was at odds with McKee's vision for an urban wasteland re-built from the ground up, with new sewers, new streets, new power lines, new homes, and new businesses.

So, now Charles again sits down with Paul McKee, especially since this was the week a number of St. Louis aldermen were asking those same questions. Why the delays now? Does the northside project even have a future?

More coverage:
Massive McKee Project Gets Green Light
Aldermen pass amendment on bills moving Northside Project forward
Northside redevelopment project to begin in June

2 comments

  • MICHAEL T. LUMPKINS

    WHY ALL THE QUESTIONS NOW! mckee/slay,HAD THE CHANCE TO DO SO FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS SCAM OF THE CITY OF ST.LOUIS.ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS SHOW JUDGE DIERKER THE PLANS AND BLUE PRINTS OF THE NORTHSIDE PROJECT,BUT THERE NEVER WAS ANY PLANS THAT HE COULD SHOW JUDGE DIERKER IT WAS JUST ALL THE MONIES HE WAS EXPECTING TO GET FROM slay and all the alderman and comptroller green,AND HE
    STILL HAS YET TO SHOW ANY BLUE PRINTS OR PLANS OF THIS PROJECT,I WONDER WHY JACO DIDN’T ASK TO SEE ANY ON HIS PROGRAM! AFTER ALL LOOK HOW QUICK THE COMPANY THAT GOT HOLD OF THE OLD CHRYSLER PLANT CAME UP WITH THE BLUE PRINTS OF WHAT THEY WILL DO WITH THE FENTON SITE.WELL mckee/slay WHERE OR ALL THE BKUE PRINTS AND PLANS ON THE LAY OUT OF THIS PROJECT,INSTEAD OF ALL THIS B/S THAT YOU KEEP SPOUTING.

  • Zach Chasnoff

    Both Paul and Midge have stated that they don’t want to displace anyone from the area. How ever when I went with a neighborhood group we asked them, “What about people that won’t be able to afford the jump in property taxes?”

    Their response, “If you can’t afford the property taxes then get a job that pays more money.”

    This uncaring response shows the level of actual compassion that the McKee’s feel for the community. Their is a disconnect that can’t be bridged by power point presentations. What is needed is real community discourse.

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