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McCaskill, Dooley troubled by Chrysler plant demolition

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

(KMOV) -- In a letter to the U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill called the demolition of the north plant "deeply troubling".

Read the letter: mccaskill.senate.gov/files/documents/pdf/02.14.2011-AutoTaskForce.pdf

The group, handling the liquidation of the old Chrysler plant in Fenton, demolilshed the south plant last year. The north plant is apparently next, according to McCaskill and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

"They indicated they wanted to take down the south plant and they would leave the north plant, the newest plant, the north plant, leave it alone for light manufacturing possibilities in the future. So, when they came back in December and indicated they wanted to take down the north plant, we were very disappointed," said Dooley.

All along, government leaders said they would help market the property for a fast sale in order to bring jobs to the area. They aimed to bring in new manufacturing jobs, saying the state-of-the-art facilities were move-in ready. Last year, the federal government announced a $1.6 million dollar grant to help the city, state, and county pay for the marketing plan.

Asked if the additional demolition would put a kink in the tax-payer funded plan, Dooley said, "it doesn't throw a kink in the plans, but it slows the plans down."

Meanwhile, Fenton's mayor argued the demolition may be a selling point and offer a new buyer a blank slate.

Mayor Dennis Hancock was in Jefferson City on Wednesday to support measures to create an "enterprise zone" in and around the old plant site. Legislation proposed, this year, would provide tax credits to potential new employers.  

Read our coverage of the legislation here: www.kmov.com/news/local/Announcement-scheduled-Thursday-afternoon-regarding-location-of-Fenton-Chrysler-plant-114728649.html

Capstone Advisory Group, the company charged with liquidating the old Chrysler plant, did not return calls for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
 

 

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