The project sits on the site of the former burned out QuikTrip at the corner of W. Florissant and Canfield Green, just down the street from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed three years ago. The QT was looted and burned by rioters, and became the epicenter and landmark of protests that would continue for months.
QT donated the site to The Urban League, which has been working to make it a place for positive change, a resource center for residents who need jobs, healthcare, access to government resources, and more.
Today’s grand opening of the $4 million project launches the National Urban League’s annual conference, which is being held in St. Louis this year.
St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger issued the following statement:
“Our administration is proud to have led the effort to win more than $6 million in federal New Market Tax Credits for the construction of the Ferguson Empowerment Center. From a site that was symbolic of the unrest in this community, we now have a building that represents hope. Congratulations to Mike McMillan and the leadership of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. This is a historic day for St. Louis County.”
In addition to several elected officials, Michael Brown’s parents are expected to be in attendance.
For more, visit the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.