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Work Begins And Project To Be Announced Within Northside Regeneration

(provided by Northside Regeneration)

A new urgent care hospital is planned within the Northside Regeneration project in north St. Louis.

Developer Paul McKee will announce plans Wednesday for the first big project within the 1,500-acre footprint of the redevelopment zone. Mayor Francis Slay, state Sen. JamilahNasheed and state Rep. Penny Hubbard are expected to attend.

Although nothing official has been released, people close to the project say the facility will likely be about 16,000 square feet.

The plans include a 3-bed unit where patients could be stabilized before being transferred to another hospital or discharged.

The Northside Regeneration project covers 1,500 acres and has received nearly $50 million in state funding and $390 million dollars in Tax Increment Financing from the city.

Both supporters and critics have long waited for it to come to fruition.

Zach Chasnoff with Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment said he thinks north side residents would be happy to get an urgent care facility. Yet, he remains skeptical.

"I would say also that it isn’t the first time McKee has said something will happen," Chasnoff said. "For instance around April he started saying ground would be broken on infrastructure projects by June, but June came and went without any ground be broken."

Northside Regeneration officials released photos of demolition they say has begun at North 13th Street and North Tucker Boulevard. A new food market is slated for the site, according to a news release sent out Friday.

"The food market will bring much needed access to a good and fresh food supply for the entire community. Demolition and environmental cleanup began this week. More details regarding the demolition and progress for the food market will be coming soon."

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Maria is the newscast, business and education editor for St. Louis Public Radio.