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Plans emerge for McKee-owned properties

By Maria Altman, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Details of a major redevelopment proposal in north St. Louis by developer Paul McKee are beginning to emerge.

The media, including KWMU, were barred from a meeting on Monday arranged by Alderwoman April-Ford Griffin and Marlene Davis. But KWMU commentator and Landmarks Association vice president Michael Allen said the plan includes four major commercial developments as well as housing.

"I think it's around 400 acres. It basically includes all of St. Louis Place, most of Jeff Vanderlou, those two neighborhoods, and then part of downtown," Allen said.

Representatives from McEagle Development and Civitas Inc. say the development will create 22,000 permanent jobs. The companies hope to have approval from St. Louis Board of Alderman by mid-November and tax credits from the state by the end of the year, Allen said.