ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Four people, including Reverend Larry Rice, have been arrested at “Integrity Village” in south St. Louis Wednesday.
Eight tents were set up at a vacant property at the corner of Interstate 44 and Vandeventer in response to the city making the homeless move out from “Hopeville,” which was located on the downtown riverfront. The owner of the vacant land leased the property to Rev. Rice for $1 for a year.
The city condemned the ground stating “it is an immediate danger to public health, safety and welfare.”
"What happened on the north riverfront was a textbook example of what is wrong with this," Eddie Roth, St. Louis Public Safety Director, said. "It's not safe, it's not lawful, it's unhealthy and we weren't going to recreate it here."
There were also reports of verbal fights between Rev. Rice, his crew and the neighbors who live in Botanical Heights.
Rev. Rice and three others have been arrested for occupying condemned premises.