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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's in the McEagle Plan?

KMOX reporter Kevin Killeen has some information in this story.

9 comments:

goat314 said...

no light rail?

Ben said...

I'd like more information on the five co-generation electric plants he plans for the redevelopment zone with a gasification plant to be sited on the east side. Do you remember any of the details he presented? I don't think there was much more than that mentioned, other than that the gasifier could potentially use biomass, coal or trash as feedstock. No details as to specific siting, though.

Michael R. Allen said...

Light rail is in the plan; stay tuned. I don't have details.

Jeff Seelig said...

Finally! Details!

I'll be at the meeting on the 21st for sure. Does anyone know what time it will be held?

john w. said...

KMOX used the image of the now vanished assemblage of buildings at Glasgow and St. Louis Avenue. The demolition of the Pruitt's store building on the corner is evidence enough that McKee has little plans to salvage the history of north St. Louis.

Anonymous said...

1,000 parcels? At last count, I thought he barely had a hundred or two.

Since when did Blairmont grow to millenium status?

It's friggin' huge.

samizdat said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/12/science/earth/12suburb.html?_r=1&ref=global-home If the housing doesn't take the forms shown in this article about a suburb of a Germnan city, Freiburg, then it's a non-starter for me. Common walled townhomes (to save energy and materials), passive designs in "many" of the houses, which make mechanical systems for heating unnecessary, walkable streets with shops around the corner, etc. Good, energy-efficient and passive design and siting would make a tremendous impact on this project. Quality materials and equitable housing supply are also important. That is to say, one level of quality for all of the housing choices, not a two or three tiered system for different income levels. To be sure, finishes and appliance choices, etc., could be different in market rate v. subsidised. But the overall construction must be the same for everyone. I'm a little unsure about the viability of carless streets as it might relate to Blairmont plan, but it's still a good idea. I'm also a little wary of the three commercial centers which were also highlighted. It seems to go against the notion of walking or cycling to your workplace. I can't imagine, without some heavy and consistent education, that idea would fly with the potential residents, poor or middle class. Still, I'll wait and see what His Holiness Mr. Mckee has to offer before I render my judgement. A 5-6 Billion USD pricetag is a BIIIIG CHUNK OF CHANGE, and needless to say, I'm not sure where that mney is going to come from. The feds? Maybe a few hundred millions there, no chance for 400 million USD TIF from the City, not even spread over 20 years or so. Darlene Green, justifiably so, was already beginning to cast a jaundiced eye on that particular funding mechanism. Where's the jack, Paul?

GMichaud said...

Michael you seem to have more information than anyone else.

McKee's personal multi million dollar tax credits from the state without, and I must emphasize without public input, is certainly good reason to be suspect.
Wall Street functions that way.

Events have created a clear understanding of the general corruption and it's extent.

The public is not invited to know the direction of America nor the near north side, it is up the most honest CIA and similar corporations to let us know what we can know.

Paul McKee is allied with the government to achieve his results. His lawyer wrote the tax credit laws he is benefiting from (what a damn coincidence).

McEagle or not, you choose, the process sucks. you can have it.

Oh what a wonderful plan!, we should all bow and kiss his feet.

Michael R. Allen said...

Our city government has spent decades not being prepared for something like this.

Without urban planning as a function of government, we are at the mercy of elected officials and developers. Planning becomes a plaintive call from advocates who lack the influence to make much happen.

We all need to reform city government. That would prevent another such quandary.