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Resident: Crumbling north side building a hazard, eyesore

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By Dan Mueller By Dan Mueller

( -- Latanya Harsley has to look at a crumbling mess every time she drives down her block in north St. Louis.

According to records, the building was constructed in 1907 as Price Funeral Home. Its most recent owner is listed as Northside Regeneration, the group run by Paul McKee.

"If it is the McKee guy, he certainly has the resources to get someone out here to do this right away," Harsley said. "It shouldn't take months."

McKee is a wealthy developer asking for $50 million in state tax credits to redevelop north St. Louis. While his plan remains stalled in Jefferson City, some neighborhoods are left with dilapidated buildings and other eyesores.

Harsley said she is worried about the risk the crumbling building poses to neighborhood children. The structure has also become a dumping ground, filled with tires, furniture and other discarded household items.

News 4's calls to 5th Ward Alderperson Tamika Hubbard were never returned.

St. Louis City's Building Division said the building's demolition permit is pending approval. McKee says the building remains standing to give preservation groups time to raise funds and save the structure.

"This is unacceptable," Harsley said. "You wouldn't have this out in the county for this amount of time. It's going on almost two years."

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