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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Emergency Demolition Order for Midtown's Central Apartments

Paul Hohmann reports that the city Building Division has granted an emergency demolition order for the Central Apartments at 3727 Olive Street in Midtown.

The building is owned by Grand Center, Inc. Brick spalling has beset the wesetrn wall for the past three years, and the owner has not performed preventative maintenance despite obvious trouble. Still, the Central Apartments are structurally sound in fact and under the terms of the city's Preservation Ordinance, which stipulates that the building must be stable enough to stand for at least another six months to be deemed stable. Clearly, there is no emergency here.

6 comments:

UrbanReviewSTL said...

What? That is a great building!!!!

Anonymous said...

They would definetly make for some very cool condos.

DeBaliviere said...

An apartment building right next to a college campus - let's tear it down! Great idea.

Chris said...

I noticed that building this weekend; I parked right next to it when I visited the Grand festival. While there is damage to west side, they mysteriously have blocked off the sidewalk in front of the building. From what I could see, there was no risk to passersby from falling brick. It almost looks like they put the barricades up to make the building look more "dangerous."

jeff said...

Given all the amazing progress and grand rehabs happening in all corners of the city, this is truly a stupid move. We need to be building UP, not tearing down. You can't tell me this building is in any worse shape than the Continental Building, the Statler, or countless other buildings that were brought back from the brink of doom...

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Grand Center