But Carr Square was still waiting for a payment from McCormack related to another project, the neighboring Murphy Park Apartments, completed a decade prior.
Carr Square said the developer owed it and fellow tenant organization Cochran Gardens Tenant Management Corp. a combined $250,000 for the Murphy Park project — a $60 million development built, like many of the for-profit company’s projects, with the help of federal money and tax credits.
Vincent Bennett, a top McCormack Baron official, sought to make peace, according to the tenant groups. He told Carr Square and Cochran Gardens that it was “a new day,” and assured them they would get their money — and more.
An exterior view of the crumbling Carr School, located at the corner of Carr and 15th streets, is photographed on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Photo…
Carr Square says it was promised a new community center at Carr School — to be named in honor of Rodney Hubbard’s father, Jonas — and a cut of McCormack Baron’s development fees from the rehab projects.
In 2014, Carr Square sent a letter of support for the initial Preservation Square renovation planning grant, and it was listed in the application to HUD as one of the community organizations that would help carry out the Choice grant’s objectives.
The city of St. Louis ultimately won the grant, giving McCormack Baron and the nonprofit that works closely with it, Urban Strategies, $30 million in HUD funding toward the $100 million effort to rehab the 30-acre affordable housing community, build a community center and provide social services to neighborhood residents.