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Carnahan 'Disappointed' by Hadley Township Redevelopment

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) referenced residents Arthur and JoAnn Bailey in a Friday statement chastising Richmond Heights for what he described as its efforts to destroy a history neighborhood.

The latest effort to redevelop Hadley Township has left a U.S. representative "disappointed" and its residents "in limbo," according to a statement issued Friday.

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnhan (D-MO) represents the Richmond Heights neighborhood and is seeking election to the newly formed 1st Congressional District. , also a Democrat.

The City of Richmond Heights had no comment about the statement.

The full statement follows:

“As Representative of the 3rd Congressional District in Missouri, I am disappointed that Richmond Heights is continuing its decade-long effort to destroy a historic neighborhood, seeking to hand over the land for retail development.  Each previous developer’s efforts to purchase these homes—using the threat of condemnation—has failed. The city has embarked on its third attempt to accomplish this goal, once again leaving residents in limbo.

“The targeted neighborhood, Hadley Township, is a lower-income, minority community of 200 homes.  It was founded in 1907, as a company town for a brick factory, in the midst of strict segregation.  Residents built the neighborhood infrastructure, and generations of families have owned and lived there.  Today, Hadley Township is pock-marked with vacant lots and boarded-up properties surrounded by much loved homes.  The neighborhood has crumbled piece by piece, but that does not mean no one cares.

“There are still families who want to continue to call Hadley Township their home.  One such family is Arthur and .  They raised their family there. They plan to retire in that very same house. Those dreams have suffered, under a cloud of uncertainty for ten years. Project proposals have been put forth and failed, each time bringing the possibility that Arthur and JoAnn could lose their American Dream.

“Homeownership is the cornerstone of the American Dream and should be celebrated, not ripped from the hands of hard-working residents.  It is time for residents to be presented with an offer to purchase their homes which would compensate them fairly for their property and for the ten years of uncertainty with which they have had to live.  If the city and the developer cannot do that, they must leave this community alone once and for all.”

More about the Hadley Township redevelopment on Patch:

Lotus108 June 07, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I believe in progress, but how much retail does Richmond-Heights need? This is just greedy. And in my opinion, a house should never be condemned just for the sake of getting it out of the way. If a house really meets the criteria to be condemned, it should have already happened, and if it doesn't, leave it alone. Eminent domain should be reserved for true emergencies/NEEDS and things that are not just founded in greed. Please leave these people alone... in this economy it's not so easy for everyone to relocate.
Elizabeth June 07, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I find it interesting that Carnahan is disappointed now, when he's up for re-election. Posture much? Also, it is my understanding that eminent domain is not being used; could you clarify this? Additionally, I am curious to know how many of the Hadley residents support the redevelopment. I heard, not confirmed, that they have received substantial offers. Either way, I hope this gets settled soon! Thank you.
Lincoln Douglas June 07, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I'm curious, what was the Congressman's position when St Louis City used eminent domain to demolish homes and build a new Lowe's and Schnuck's at Loughborough and I-55? Both are an abuse of power. I hope he's being consistent.

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