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Update: Owner still involved in snow cone standoff

March 22, 2012
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FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, MO — Back in December, PC&D reported on a carwash owner here who painted a vacant building obnoxious colors to protest city regulations. Steve Campo of Auto Spa Car Wash owns the vacant building next door and wants to tear it down to expand his parking lot and use the space for a snow cone stand. He applied for tax increment financing money to help pay for the project, but then he received a long list of requirements that includes landscaping, an irrigation system and expensive fencing, which he declared was unfair.

Now, according to a March 20 Belleville News-Democrat story, the city has tabled a recent plan where they agreed to reimburse Campo a total of $25,710 after the $77,130 project is completed. The measure was delayed to give aldermen more time to discuss the plan.

To receive the funds, Campo has to have the project completed by June 30, and his business has to stay open for 5 years, retain 28 full-time employees and create 10 more positions within the first year.

This would be the first business to receive help from the city’s new business assistance guidelines.