CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KAIT) - A big name in entertainment and a southeast Missouri native plans to invest in his hometown.
Cedric the Entertainer, also known as Cedric Kyles, and Allen Warren plan to purchase a large piece of land in Caruthersville.
According to Mayor Mike McGraw, the two plan to purchase 12.5 acres from the Bullington family.
The land was once the FEMA park following the 2006 tornado.
Mayor McGraw couldn't say how much the land will cost Kyles and Warren but said both of them have ties to Caruthersville.
As far as their plans for the land, McGraw said housing is a main focus and could include a subdivision.
The agreement is contingent on the plans passing through all city zoning and planning requirements.
If the housing plan comes to fruition, McGraw said he hopes it helps the city bring more people to town and in turn helps bring in new industry.
McGraw said they need more housing available to be able to bring in a solid workforce.
The news was announced earlier this week at the city council meeting.
McGraw said everyone is excited to see the land be used for something that can help Caruthersville thrive.
On Friday, Cedric the Entertainer said the opportunity to invest in his hometown was an opportunity to help people and remember his family.
"I'm truly excited to initiate the first steps towards purchasing land in my hometown, Caruthersville, Missouri, with the ultimate goal of creating meaningful Urban Development for the entire community by partnering with Allen Warren and soliciting the support of local government, both City and County," Cedric the Entertainer said in a statement to Region 8 News.
"My ties to Caruthersville run deep; specifically accented by memories of my mother who grew up there and the special times we spent living with my grandmother and extended family there. Additionally, it's where I spent the first 10 years of my life, and I even attended Caruthersville Elementary School. In fact, throughout my career, I've made certain to consistently highlight Caruthersville (and St. Louis) in all of my movie and television projects, including my 2004 feature film, "Johnson Family Reunion" in which hilarity ensued at the on-screen family reunion set right in Caruthersville. This promising opportunity to procure the land via the above-mentioned proposed joint venture is the continuation of my vision to make things happen for the better in the Caruthersville community/southeast Missouri -bringing a new lifeline into town - more housing, more people and new industry."