To fund the added cost of the water main issue, Intelica prepared documents and hired staff to pursue TIF for the project, which was eventually approved by The Board of Alderman. “St. Louis is an anti-TIF environment,” said Parker, “so this was quite a feat.”
To fix the problems uncovered by Lathrop and Gage, an agreement was made that gave Ackerman Toyota use of the private road as well as parking for 35 extra cars.
Intelica worked closely with Toyota USA during stages of negotiation, presentation and approval that unfolded over eight months. Construction for the project has begun and is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2018.