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Blairmont Became NorthSide Regeneration, Received Blessing of Mayor Slay and a Majority of Aldermen

June 20, 2018 Featured, NorthSide Project, Planning & Design Comments Off on Blairmont Became NorthSide Regeneration, Received Blessing of Mayor Slay and a Majority of Aldermen

On Monday I took you back through years of looking into various shell companies involving hundreds of properties, many acres, and lots of secrecy — up to the public reveal in late May 2009. If you missed it, see Before It Was Officially Named NorthSide Regeneration, We Knew It As ‘Blairmont’.

That Fall, during the Board of Aldermen’s 2009-2010 session, two bills (BB218 & BB219) were introduced by then 5th ward alderman April Ford-Griffin and 4 co-sponsors: Freeman M Bosley Sr.(2nd), Kacie Starr Triplett (6th), Phyllis Young (7th), and Marlene E Davis (19th).  Of these 5 aldermen,  only Marlene Davis is still in office.

These two bills, despite significant public opposition, moved quickly through the Board:

  • 10/16/2009 First Reading
  • 10/23/2009 Second Reading
  • 10/30/2009 Perfection, Third Reading

Online voting records only go back to 2015, so I can’t tell you who, if anyone, voted against these bills.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signs 2 bills for Paul McKee’s NorthSide Regeneration project on November 10, 2009.

In November 2009 Mayor Francis Slay signed the two bills at an event held in front of the Clemens Mansion, which was going to be rehabbed by state tax credits (low income and/or historic) didn’t come through. The still-vacant property burned on July 12, 2017.

I was there whenPaul McKee  & Mayor Slay kicked off NorthSide Regeneration, here’s there comments that day.

The two bills became  two ordinances:

After the two bills became ordinances, lawsuits were filed, more legislation passed with more tax credits and so on. In the meantime, the National Geospacial-Itellegence Agency (NGA) picked a sparsely populated area North of the old Pruitt-Igoe site for their new West headquarters, relocating from South St. Louis. See New NGA West Location Will Gut St. Louis Place Neighborhood, Not Revitalize What Remains. As mentioned on Monday, the 5th Ward master plan, adopted in 2002, designed the area for new development.

Wednesdays is when I share the results of the non-scientific Sunday Poll, so here they are:

Q: Agree or disagree: Paul McKee’s Northside Regeneration project was the only hope for reviving much of North St. Louis

  • Strongly agree 4 [11.11%]
  • Agree 0 [0%]
  • Somewhat agree 16 [16.67%]
  • Neither agree or disagree 1 [2.78%]
  • Somewhat disagree 1  [2.78%]
  • Disagree 5 [13.89%]
  • Strongly disagree 19 [52.78%]
  • Unsure/No Answer 0 [0%]

I’d planned to share my thoughts on what St. Louis should do next now that McKee’s project has collapsed, but that’ll need a separate post. So Monday won’t be about all the issues frim the past 15 years…it’ll be about the next 15 years as I think they should go.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bill Week 9 of 2018-2019 Session

June 15, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bill Week 9 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 9th meeting of the 2018-2019 session.

Today’s agenda includes just new bill:

  • B.B.#87 – Murphy – Pursuant to Ordinance 68937, an Ordinance authorizing the honorary street name, Robert Prager Way, to begin at the intersection of Morgan Ford Road and Bates Street and run west on Bates Street to the intersection of Bates Street and Gravois Avenue.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session — the new bills listed above may not be online right away.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 8 of 2018-2019 Session

June 8, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 8 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 8th meeting of the 2018-2019 session.

Today’s agenda includes 15 new bills:

  • B.B.#72 – Pres. Reed – An ordinance revising The Transparency in Government Law, Ordinance 69707 and Ordinance 70321, codified at Chapter 3.115 of the Revised Code, to require the effective closed captioning of all public meetings of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, including committee meetings; the Board of Estimate & Apportionment; and the Preservation Board.
  • B.B.#73 – Howard/Murphy – An ordinance pertaining to conveyances of title and the recording of such transfer with the Recorder of Deeds; amending Section Three of Ordinance 56141, and Ordinance 65038, by removing the requirement of the signature of the grantee on deeds issued by the Sheriff of the City pursuant to court order.
  • B.B.#74 – Davis – An Ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission, the Board of Public Service, and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, establishing and authorizing a public works and improvement program (the “Airfield, Building & Environs Projects”) at St. Louis Lambert International Airport® (the “Airport”), as more fully described in the attached EXHIBIT A, entitled “FY19 PROJECT LIST” ; and containing a severability and an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#75 – Davis – An ordinance recommended and approved by the Airport Commission, the Comptroller and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment, making certain findings with respect to the transfer of up to Three Million Dollars of excess moneys that The City, the owner and operator of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, intends to transfer from the Debt Service Stabilization Fund to the Airport Development Fund in accordance with Section 516.B of the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Indenture of Trust between the City, as Grantor, and UMB Bank, N.A., as Trustee, dated as of October 15, 1984, as amended and restated as of July 1, 2009, as amended and supplemented; authorizing a transfer in an amount not to exceed Three Million Dollars from the DSSF into the Airport Development Fund during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, for the purpose of making funds available to address Coldwater Creek Emergency Repairs Phase 2 – Installation of Two 12 Foot BY 12 Foot Reinforced Concrete Box Culverts and the Restoration of the Charlie Pad Aircraft Ramp, Glycol Recovery System, Ramp Edge Lighting System, and Associated Impacted Improvements; containing a severability clause; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#76 – Hubbard – An ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission approving the name of a new public street located in the approved Jonas Hubbard Estates subdivision, located in City Block 552.
  • B.B.#77 – Williamson – An ordinance, recommended by the Board
    of Estimate and Apportionment, authorizing a supplemental appropriation; amending Ordinance 70540, commonly referred to as the City of St. Louis Annual Operating Plan for Fiscal Year 2017-2018; appropriating and setting apart projected local use tax and gaming fund revenues to address certain shortfalls in revenues and excess expenditures in the General Fund for the current fiscal year, in the amount of Three Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,200,000) as hereinafter detailed; and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#78 – Moore – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2615 Billups.
  • B.B.#79 – Spencer – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3437-3439 Iowa.
  • B.B.#80 – Spencer – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 3211.
  • B.B.#81 – Martin – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 7714-18 South Broadway.
  • B.B.#82 – Guenther – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2829 Iowa.
  • B.B.#83 – Ingrassia – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2528 Texas.
  • B.B.#84 – Coatar – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 2235 McNair.
  • B.B.#85 – Coatar – An ordinance approving a Redevelopment Plan for 705-719 North 2nd.
  • B.B.#86 – Davis – Pursuant to Ordinance 68937, an ordinance authorizing the honorary street name, Urban League Square which shall begin at the intersection of North Spring Avenue and Grandel Square and run East on Grandel Square to North Grand Boulevard.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session — the new bills listed above may not be online right away.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 7 of 2018-2019 Session

June 1, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen: New Board Bills Week 7 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, their 7th meeting of the 2018-2019 session.

Today’s agenda includes four (4) new bills:

  • B.B.#68 – Tyus – An ordinance to regulate employer and employee working relationships between the City and all employees under the Classified Service, including a compensation plan, terms and conditions of employment, benefits, leaves of absence, and authorization for a Deferred Compensation Plan; repealing Ordinance 70285; allocating certain other employees to a grade with rate; and including an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#69 – J. Boyd – An ordinance recommended by the Parking Commission making appropriation for payment of the operating expenses, capital equipment and improvement expenses, including lease purchase agreements involving Parking Division assets, and debt service expenses of the Parking Division of the Treasurer’s Office, Kiel & City Hall Parking Facilities, Information Technologies, Argyle Parking, Chouteau Building & Parking Facility, Williams Paper Parking, Central Downtown Parking, Buckingham Parking, Cupples Parking Facility and Justice Parking Facility for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019, amounting in the aggregate to the sum of Sixteen Million, Two Hundred Twenty One Thousand, Nine Hundred Two Dollars ($16,221,902) and containing an emergency clause.
  • B.B.#70 – Navarro – An ordinance approved and recommended by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment and the Board of Public Service; authorizing a First Amendment of the Lease Agreement authorized by Ordinance 63956 between the City, and the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis by amending Section 2. Term; Section 4. Other Consideration (a) Forest Park Improvements; and Exhibit C; with an emergency provision.
  • B.B.#71 – Vaccaro – An ordinance establishing a three-way stop site at the intersection of Pernod Avenue and Tedmar Avenue regulating all traffic traveling eastbound and westbound on Pernod Avenue at Tedmar Avenue and regulating all traffic traveling southbound on Tedmar Avenue at Pernod Avenue, and containing an emergency clause.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session — the new bills listed above may not be online right away.

— Steve Patterson

 

St. Louis Board of Aldermen, One New Board Bill Week 6 of 2018-2019 Session

May 24, 2018 Board of Aldermen, Featured Comments Off on St. Louis Board of Aldermen, One New Board Bill Week 6 of 2018-2019 Session
St. Louis City Hall

Because of the Memorial Day weekend the St. Louis Board of Aldermen will meet at 10am today, rather than on Friday. This is their 6th meeting of the 2018-2019 session.

Today’s agenda includes one new bill:

  • B.B.#67 – Coatar – An ordinance to terminate and dissolve the Orpheum Theater Community District pursuant to the Community Improvement District Act, Sections 67.1401 – 67.1575 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

The meeting begins at 10am, past meetings and a live broadcast can be watched online here. See list of all board bills for the 2017-2018 session — the new bills listed above may not be online right away.

— Steve Patterson

 

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