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Tishaura Jones signs Board Bill 82 aimed to help North St. Louis

$37 million are fixed to go to businesses and nonprofits.
Published: May. 5, 2022 at 1:55 PM CDT
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) - Mayor Tishaura Jones signed a bill that will direct $37 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to North St. Louis.

Board Bill 82 will direct funds to 11 commercial corridors north of Delmar and the surrounding neighborhoods. It will also benefit small businesses, create jobs, improve streets and access to neighborhoods in the community, and allocate $2 million towards the City’s Americans with Disabilities Act implementation plan.

“Growing up in North St. Louis, I remember how communities were brought together around strong small businesses on thriving commercial streets. To make our city stronger and safer, we need to work to build up our neighborhoods again,” Jones said. “The city of St. Louis cannot succeed if half of it is left to fail, and I am thankful to work collaboratively with Comptroller Darlene Green and Alderwoman Sharon Tyus to recommend a stronger bill that is fairer for North City. This is just the first step towards creating changes in our neighborhoods that will benefit our entire city, north, and south of Delmar.”

Jones vetoed an earlier version of the bill last year.

“It’s been ups and downs,” said Breeze Unisex Salon owner Patricia Campbell. “We had to find a way to get our customers to come back to us. I was very happy because we need to bring up the northside. I’m just ready for growth around here.”

Applications for North City businesses and nonprofits are expected to be ready by June 1.

The administration is looking to leverage ARPA funds to magnify their impact after they expire in 2026.