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Out-of-state company to offer free survey to Red Star District

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Should the city of Cape Girardeau invest in land downtown that's been plagued by flooding for years?

Red Star, where you can see empty lots and one vacant home still boarded up.

City leaders say they must first figure out what they can actually do out here.

City Planner Ryan Shrimplin said they are keeping their options open.

Some ideas include an area for kids or even an RV Park.

It could be something really promising for an area that's seen better days, but I found out not everyone is convinced.

"What are you going to do?" resident Diane Ray said. "All you can do is leave it bare and wait for it to flood again."

Ray and her family still live in Red Star, even after flood waters forced the family out of their first home.

In fact, Ray's old house is the last house standing after the city bulldozed homes after homeowners accepted a federal buyout.

"Unless you build it up to where the flood waters don't reach it, what are you going to do?" Ray said

The city will find out soon, thanks to a free survey conducted by an out-of-state company.

Kevin Buchheit recently moved to the Cape Girardeau area and said he enjoys the peace out here, but he also believes the area has the potential for something.

"I do think they should add something, like a place for kids to play, maybe a place to bring the community together out here," Buchheit said.

The North Carolina-based firm will visit the area on October 10. We'll keep you updated on any solutions they come up with.

In the meantime, a 10-member group from this community is also behind the effort, and will also meet with the survey company.

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