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MSD unveils plan to remove blight, embrace green space


The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has unveiled a new plan to clear blight and create green space in the city.

MSD announced it will complete a $100 million rainscaping project. Under the plan, MSD would spend $13.5 million to demolish vacant buildings across the city.

According to a spokesperson for Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis currently spends only $1 million annually on the demolition of vacant city buildings.

MSD spokesperson Lance LeComb said grassy lots and rainscape gardens would replace the vacant buildings. He said the project could help MSD reduce rainfall run-off.

“The whole idea is to keep that water back from the sewer system,” LeComb said.

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