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Preston Van Cheek Announces Purchase of Shore Property at Benton and Lewis for Structure
Would Contain Between 65 and 80 Apartments to Meet Growing Housing Need Here

            Plans for construction of a 65- to 80-family style apartment on the Shore property at Benton and Lewis was announced today by Preston Van Cheek, consulting actuary who resides at 2000 North Fourth street.
            Van Cheek said the property was purchased from Miss Katie Shore, whose ancestors owned the site for almost a century. The sale price was not disclosed.
            A three-story Virginia-style home with a beautiful winding staircase, which runs from the main to the third floor is located on the northeast end of the property and may be preserved.
            The new owner said he was receiving financial aid from St. Louis interests for construction of the apartment which will cost a minimum of $90,000.
            An engineer was expected to look over the land and determine what type of structure will be built. The building will be four or five stories or perhaps taller, Van Cheek said. It will be the tallest building in St. Charles; the four-story Moose building now topping the St. Charles skyline.
            Van Cheek said the apartment will be constructed to meet the growing housing need in St. Charles.
            John T. Craven of St. Louis has been engaged as architect and engineer. Mr. Van Cheek said the rental would be based upon standard apartment house rental.
            Preliminary plans include ten furnished buffet kitchen apartments with a living room, kitchen, closets and bath; 30 unfurnished including living room, kitchenette, bed room, bath and closets; 25 unfurnished including, living room, bed room, dining room, kitchen, bath and closets and 15 unfurnished including, living room, two bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, bath and closets.

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Scarcity of Residences In St. Charles and county Causes Boom at Manhasset Village
Work on 80-Family Apartment, Proposed by Van Cheek, Has Never Been Started

            Majority of the office employees at the Weldon Spring TNT plant have gone to St. Louis county to make their homes because of the scarcity of available places in St. Charles and County.
            Manhasset Village, a Government project, supplied 140 apartments as soon as the offices were set up. A special bus takes workers to and from the project each day while many drive their own cars.
            In addition, special buses operate between St. Charles and the Delmar loop in St. Louis to the plant.
            While some of the key officials occupy homes inside the area, many are still looking for places to live. The Government is now constructing 15 homes in the safety zone but they will be occupied by company officials.
            Construction of the 80-family apartment proposed by Preston Van Cheek last November has never been started. Van Cheek announced at one time he had more applications from TNT officials than proposed apartments and would begin construction as soon as possible.
            Van Cheek obtained an option on the Shore property at Benton and Lewis but no record of it being exercised has been filed.
            Van Cheek, at present, is interested in real estate development near Cottleville. At one time he offered a 40-family apartment near where the new Howell High School will be constructed. The location has not been selected at the present time.

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Said Reasonable Business Boom Could Be Expected Within Two or Three Years in St. Charles
Cites Government Refusal To Approve Housing Program In New Indiana Town Near Plant

            J. Ed. Travis, newly elected president of the Chamber of Commerce told members at a meeting Tuesday night that a reasonable increase in business could be expected the next two years but urged them not to over expand. Travis addressed the group in the basement of the St. Charles Borromeo Church where the session was held.
            The new president told of the Government’s refusal to build homes in a new Indiana town near a powder plant, similar to the one under construction at Weldon Spring because the government did not want a “Ghost Town” after it was all over. Travis said the Government suggested construction in New Albany and Jeffersonville, Ind., established communities.
            Travis said too much expansion will leave this county with “Ghost Houses,” With an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 persons needed at the plant Travis sees a housing problem before us. He also predicted social problems during the next two or three years and suggested action be taken now and not after the mountain gets over us.
            The new president said possibility [one or more lines missing] Spring being built along the river was rather remote as it did not meet the approval of the war department officials. However, an effort will be made by the C of C to have the road along the water in order to bring the people from the Augusta neighborhood closer to this city. More information concerning the road is expected to be obtained by a delegation, headed by Ed. Pundmann, who will attend a highway meeting at Jefferson City, Thursday. The C of C highway committee will also confer with Government officials concerning the location of the road from the southwest part of the county.
            The group voted last night to hire a paid secretary at a salary of $125 a month and also increased membership dues to $12 a year. Last year the dues and initiation fees [one or more lines missing]