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Some downtown St. Louis residents pushing to stop closure of 17th Street

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17th Street and Washington Avenue (Credit: KMOV). 17th Street and Washington Avenue (Credit: KMOV).

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Some downtown residents in St. Louis are pushing to stop a closure off a part of 17th Street.

Board Bill 64, which officially closes the street, passed the Board of Aldermen in late June but it has yet to signed by Mayor Francis Slay, who could still veto it.

Ward 13 Alderwoman Marlene Davis is behind the bill. She says the closure is to improve safety. But residents say they do not agree, raising the possibility of a hidden agenda.

Businesses, property managers and residents dropped off a packet at the St. Louis City Hall to voice their concerns about the closure in late June. Some also met with Slay's Deputy of Staff on July 5.

Laura Griffin, downtown resident, and several others said they believe the meeting had an impact. 

She and other residents believe the closure would make parts of downtown less accessible and would hand over the section of street to a developer.

The section that might close is from Washington Avenue to St. Charles Street.

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