St. Louis Developer and Chairman of McEagle Properties Paul Mckee spoke at Vashon High school about his vision to develop and rehab North St. Louis as part of the Northside Regeneration project on Wednesday. December 4th, 2013. The Northside Regeneration has been a controversial issue. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved of TIFs in support of Northside Regeneration in October over objections of some concerned citizens. Zach Chachnoff with MORE, Missouri Organization for Reform and Empowerment, testified before the testified before the Housing, Urban Development and Housing committee. To express concerns about Northside Regeneration. In a press release, Chasnoff said the following:
It is troubling how hard citizens of this city have to fight to get their voices above the cacophony of private power and money. It seems that our city officials, especially the Mayor and his allies on the board of Alderman, are more than willing to roll out the red carpet and hundreds of millions of dollars for private interests that exist outside of the St. Louis city limits. On the other hand, the die hard St. Louisans who have weathered the economic tyranny of red lining and the Team Four plan are and stayed true to their neighborhoods can't even get a foot in the door.
Mckee and his wife explain the different phases of Norhside Regeneration and how can people participate as apprenticeships. The North Side Workforce Coalition that includes, Better Family Life, the St. Patrick Center, Construction Career Center and SLATE have been established as a one-stop shop for people interested in finding employment building the project. The St. Louis American reported that the Coalition set a goal of getting 25% of the workforce from the residence of North Side.
Beauty draws, fear withdraws.
Mckee argued. Mckee pointed out that strong leadership is needed to improve North St. Louis. Mckee's wife pointed out while people can obtain a job with a convicted record, but not serious convicted record and they must be drug free.
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