Downtown Apartment Tower Heads Back to Preservation Board

By on February 27, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Now armed with a redevelopment plan passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, developers proposing a 33-story, 265-unit apartment tower across Broadway from Busch Stadium are headed back to the city’s Preservation Board.

Again, they’ll be asking the board that reviews demolition requests of historic buildings to clear the way for them to tear down a brick warehouse designed by notable St. Louis architect Isaac Taylor with portions dating to the 1890s.

In December, the Preservation Board voted 4-3 to add conditions requiring the developers to maintain portions of the building’s facade. The developers are requesting a permit so the entire building, now St. Louis Community College’s administrative offices, can be demolished.

What’s different this time is the redevelopment plan, passed by aldermen this month on a 17-8 vote. The plan is necessary to facilitate a property tax break on the property, a common St. Louis development incentive.

But it also means the Preservation Board has less leeway within its ordinance to block a demolition permit application.

“Demolitions which would comply with a redevelopment plan previously approved by ordinance shall be approved except in unusual circumstances,” reads the city ordinance governing demolition permit reviews.

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