Phase 1 Of 22nd Ward Redevelopment Project Completed

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- A multi-million dollar redevelopment project is underway in north St. Louis.

New communities including housing and businesses have been built and there are plans to build even more. 

The goal is to transform a neighborhood that was once a premiere community thriving with successful businesses and well kept homes.

Phase one of the project is finished and residents couldn't be happier.

Kady Perry is one of the first residents to move into Arlington Grove. She and her daughter live in a two bedroom apartment she simply adores.

There have been 112 new homes built off Martin Luther King near Clara and Wells in the 22nd Ward represented by Alderman Jeffrey Boyd.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for phase one of the development was attended by members of the community and federal, state, and local lawmakers including Congressman Lacy Clay and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.

The dream to revitalize the neighborhood started eight years ago with a master plan to tear down boarded up dilapidated structures and build a thriving community one phase at a time.

Now, that phase one is completed, a team is working to ensure phase two, which includes more housing and retail, is finished too.

There are several phases in this development project, each one depends on financing.

If it's secured and everything falls into place phase two could get underway in about two years.