A U.S. Congressman and the Mayor of St. Louis will both go before the Board of Aldermen this week in hopes of forwarding the long-stalled Northside Regeneration Project.
Aldermen are considering a bill that would tweak developer Paul McKee's nearly $400 million tax increment financing package to account for delays suffered while the city fought a lawsuit against it.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the fate of the project's TIF is unclear.
Congressman William Lacy Clay and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will speak in favor the 1,500 acre project. But only one of the five aldermen whose wards make up the project area just north of downtown, 5th Ward Alderwoman Tammika Hubbard, clearly supports Northside.
And one, Alderman Freeman Bosley Senior, has threatened to block the bill if there isn't more community input in the project and better protections for current homeowners.
Residents in the bi-state area were greeted with the news most expected on Tuesday, the bickering on Capitol Hill and ensuing budget stalemate has forced a government shutdown. Those interested in voicing their frustration may want to contact local legislators.
In Illinois residents can contact Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin. Kirk's Washington, D.C. phone number is 202-224-2854, while Senator Durbin's is 202-224-2152.
Illinois Congressmen Bill Enyart's office number is 202-225-5661, while Representative John Shimkus's number is 202-225-5271.
In Missouri you can contact Senator Claire McCaskill at 202-224-6154 and Roy Blunt at 202-224-5721.
The delegation of Missouri Representatives includes Blaine Luetkemeyer (202-225-2956), Ann Wagner (202-225-1621) and William "Lacy" Clay (202-225-2406).