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Walmart TIF Project on Shrewsbury Agenda Tonight

The proposed redevelopment at Kenrick Plaza, which calls for a mix of public and private financing, has been a divisive issue in the community.

The Shrewsbury Board of Aldermen has a work session scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the aldermanic chambers of the Shrewsbury City Center. 

Items to be discussed are as follows:

  • Community Improvement District Public Hearing
  • Hear Citizens

Ordinances

  • Bill No. 2704: Designate Redevelopment Area, Approve TIF District, Approve Redevelopment Plan & Project – First Reading, Second Reading & Consideration
  • Bill No. 2705:  Approval of Redevelopment Agreement and District Project Agreement – First Reading, Second Reading & Consideration
  • Bill No. 2706: Kenrick Plaza Special Use Permit – First Reading, Second Reading & Consideration
  • Bill No. 2707: Establishment of CID District – First Reading, Second Reading & Consideration

The meeting is open to the public.

Jane January 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM
I saw this on the news last night and was appalled. How underhanded of the Shrewsbury Board of Alderman. I hope the citizens take them to task for their shady actions that overlook both the desires of their community and the recommendations of the TIF Commission. I live in Maplewood and have recently been dismayed about decisions our own council is making, but the leadership in Shrewsbury makes them look like saints in comparison. That's how bad this looks from the outside. I hope there is a groundswell of citizen protest.
Francis Soyer January 29, 2013 at 02:22 PM
You got that right Jane, typical of politics today... just a bunch of self serving individuals that don't understand the concept of representing the people who elected them.
Larry Stone January 29, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Mayor Buckley and her cohorts on the Board will get their way unless, as Jane says above, there is a groundswell of citizen protest. To the majority of Shrewbury residents who do not want this redevelopment I say "Carpe Diem!" (i.e., Seize the Day!) And if Mayor Buckley and her like-minded Board members get their way and this redevelopment goes forward, I strongly encourage Shrewsbury residents to demand a recall election. Why retain community leadership that fails to "truly listen" to their constituents? Larry
Jane January 29, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Yes, Larry. I definitely think a recall would be in order. I wonder about all those people in the community directly behind the proposed Walmart that are going to lose their road access. Where are they in this debate? If that were me, I would be standing outside city hall tonight with signs of protest and multiple calls to the mayor threatening a recall. This deal is that odious. I think it speaks volumes that they are doing it in a work session rather than through traditional quarters. I had never hear of Mayor Buckley until yesterday. What a way to put yourself on the radar of the St. Louis region!
GHutch January 29, 2013 at 06:42 PM
If I were an Shrewsbury resident/voter I would be at the meeting. You must get all of your neighbors, residents/voters there and raise hell.

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