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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

End of the Switzer?

Switzer building to come down, as rehab plans stall - Rebecca Roussell (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 27)

9 comments:

Chris said...

Will/can the Preservation Board and CRO try to block the demolition permit approval? It would be awful to see such a wonderful building razed. I have not explored the extent of the damages, but I have to believe it is correctable...

Matt Fernandez said...

I guess the little bit of good news is that they are still going to build and even preserve some of the original building. But I've seen buildings in much worse condition rehabbed.

Judy said...

The bottom line is there is a buyer for the land that it sits on. The city will see $$$$$ signs and let it go down, just like what is going to happen on the corner 14th Street and Washington. Little lot + large high rise = big dollars.

Anonymous said...

Voice of the average St. Louisan:

"Sounds good to me!"

Color me average.

Allen M. said...

Judy, Did you even read the article? Come on, there is no mention of selling off the land. The developer is going to attempt the salvage of the bottom two floors. Maybe this article and blog should commend the developer for the salvage thus far and his interest in saving some of the building even though the tax credits are in jeopardy. I think one of the major points of the story that was over looked was that the building has sat vacant since 1978. Almost thirty years the building sat there empty/rotting other than having a permit pulled in 2000 for maintenance. It always boggles my mind when "preservationists/activists/whatever you want to be called" always pull the $$$ card out when something is going to be demolished. I hate to say it people - that building needs to be DEMOLISHED. It is a strain on everyone involved and putting it off will only cause more damage. Let's look to the future everyone. If the building has been vacant that long and cannot be repaired, lets think of what can be built in its place to bring beauty, commerce and oh no...forward thinking to St. Louis

Judy said...

Well Allen M, Let us look at the calander it's not 1978, it's 2007 and the value of downtown real estate has gone up big time. This building sit at the end of Washington and, the whole of Washington is the HOTTEST of the down properties. And you don't believe everything you read in the papers. That building is going to take a lot of money to do it right. It is no worse than the one you wanted to save that was located on Cass and 13th. And don't forget "Forward Thinking got us a new stadium.

Matt B said...

^ Yes that's been horrible I'm not sure how downtown will survive.

The larger concern is that a collapse of the building on to Eads in another storm could pancake the top deck of the Eads Bridge onto the Metrolink below.

That comes straight from a Metro engineer.

Michael R. Allen said...

I want to clarify that I am not "Allen M." -- unlike many people, perhaps including that commenter (ya think?), I always post under my real name.

Judy said...

Sorry Michael R. Allen, I thought it strange of you out all people to lash out and want a beautiful building to be lost. I'll know better in the future. I will buy you a beer to make up for it. Sorry. Judy