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Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Wrecking on Eastgate Began Monday

Demolition of the apartment building at 701 Eastgate began on Monday, October 2 -- just a few days after the demolition permit was granted. Spirtas is the wrecking company for the project, which is on a fast schedule and should be complete in a few weeks.




The building was halfway gone on October 3 (Michael R. Allen).




707 Eastgate next door awaits wrecking next week (Michael R. Allen).

4 comments:

Doug Duckworth said...

Assholes.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how fast something gets done when there's money behind it.

Anonymous said...

Gee it must be nice to be a tax-free institution with a large endowment and have local politicians at your beckon call. Too bad it also overly influenced a MetroLink layout that will be deficient forever due to this influence. Too bad it's a neighbor in three communities...

U-citian said...

Pet peeve, anon2 - it's "beck and call." Though I agree with you.

Surprisingly, almost every U-City council member that ran for election last time had something negative to say about Wash-U, the fact that they are one of the largest landowners in U-City, they don't pay taxes, and their making a not-so-veiled attempt at - as one council member put it - "turning U-City into undergraduate housing." Another U-City politician noted that Wash-U doesn't make PILOT - Payment in Lieu of Taxes - like other large "non-profit" organizations.

So I don't know if it's being at Wash-U's beck and call so much as it is not having any backbone once the chips are truly down. We just let the 600-pound gorilla at Wash-U walk all over us.