A controversial developer is involved with new plans that were revealed on March 23 to inject life into north St. Louis.
As part of the NorthSide Regeneration effort, plans for a new convenience store and fresh food grocery store were unveiled. Developer Paul McKee made the announcement. The project is part of developing land near the side that the City of St. Louis hopes will be selected for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
McKee is controversial because he promised to redevelop parts of north St. Louis, but those plans have been stalled. McKee says there has been difficulty in purchasing 2,000 parcels of land and finding financing and investors who believe in North City.
Many nearby residents are skeptical McKee can deliver on his promises.
"He hasn't broke ground for anything, he hasn't put one brick in the ground, they know that, the city knows that. This has gone on for quite some time and the neighborhood is crumbling," said Joyce Cooks, resident.
The two stores are expected to bring 70 permanent jobs with construction beginning in the summer.
The federal government will announce their selection for the NGA site in April.
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