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Industrial Development Could Force Food Bank To Move

9:45 AM, Dec 9, 2005   |    comments
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(KSDK) — A local food bank is hoping for a holiday miracle. The Circle of Concern, located in Valley Park, Missouri, is worried it may have to close its doors in the name of progress. The pantry feeds more than 1,000 people a month. While hundreds of those residents live in Valley Park, the remainder come from a five mile radius. "So this is a good place for us to be. If we move too far it will be a hardship for them," explained Glenn Koenen, the Executive Director of The Circle of Concern. A new development plan for Valley Park would replace existing properties and hundreds of acres. The Sansone Group is currently in the processs of trying to see who is willing to sell and who is not to make room for industrial projects. The Circle of Concern says no thanks. The city claims its goal is to find the pantry and others a new location within Valley Park. "We would hate to move from a spot that's being redeveloped to another spot that's going to be rebuilt in another two or three years. That wouldn't do us much good. We need to find a place where we can afford to set roots for 10 to 20 years," said Koenen. The city's Planning and Zoning committee will meet next Tuesday at City Hall at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the redevelopment project.


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