Board of Aldermen approves funding for Scottrade Center renovati -

Board of Aldermen approves funding for Scottrade Center renovations

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Scottrade Center (Credit: KMOV) Scottrade Center (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave final approval to using taxpayer money to help renovate Scottrade Center.

Under the plan, $105 million of city money will be spent to renovate the 23-year-old building. Management for the St. Louis Blues contended the improvements are needed so the building can compete to host events in the future and keep generating tax revenue.

"You have to remember this is a facility owned by the city that generates $6 million in taxes annually for the city,"  says Alderman Jack Coatar.

The proposal barely got enough votes to pass, 15 - 12.

Many who voted ‘no’ said the city has more important issues to address such as crime and improving neighborhoods.

"It's not fair to the taxpayers of the city of St. Louis in my opinion,' says Alderman Shane Cohn.

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