UPDATE: The rally has been canceled due to weather concerns. Stay tuned.
A RALLY TO PROTEST THE DEMOLITION OF THE LOCUST STREET LIVERY STABLE
The Disconnection of the Locust Business District from Grand Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anthony Coffin
Date: July 10th
On Tuesday July 11th at 5:30PM there will be a rally protesting St Louis University’s continuing demolition of historic structures. Specifically we are opposing the current demolition and any future demolitions that will further disconnect the Locust business district from Grand Center.
The livery stable had occupied a very important location along Locust. East of Josephine Baker, Locust has undergone an amazing transformation in the last several years with almost every building undergoing renovation with beautiful facade restorations, and they are being filled with creative firms, offices, restaurants, etc. The block between Josephine Baker and Theresa however is quite desolate. The Drake Plaza while beautiful, has no storefronts or offices facing Locust. Around the corner on Theresa however, is the new Moto Museum and west of that on Olive, the recently completed Centene Center for the Arts and the Metropolitan is undergoing renovation into a hotel and retail. The livery stable, along with other surrounding buildings, held a key ingredient to tying the Locust Street corridor with Grand Center to the west.
Directly across Josephine Baker from the livery stable, SLU owns two more buildings that may be threatened with demolition. 3331, and 3327 Locust are buildings that if rehabbed could lessen the negative impact of a parking lot on the site of the livery stable. If these buildings are razed the result will be even greater disconnectedness in midtown and a slap in the face to the pioneers of Locust street.