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St. Mary's Infirmary to be torn down unless buyer comes forward

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ST. LOUIS ( – The abandoned and decaying St. Mary’s Infirmary will be torn down unless a buyer comes forward with the ability to stabilize and redevelop the buildings.

The City of St. Louis Building Commissioner has begun the process of selecting a contractor and preparing the site for demolition. The process should take about a month.

If a buyer comes forward with financing and plans to immediately stabilize and redevelop the structures, the City can stay the demolition order.

“If a developer is out there, now is the time to come forward,” Mayor Francis Slay said. “The City will work through any and all proposals that may come forward until the demolition date has arrived to restore public safety to the immediate area.”

The building is an imminent threat to public safety, according to City engineers.

“We can’t wait any longer,” Building Commissioner Frank Oswald said. “We had hoped someone with redevelopment interest could save these old brick buildings, but without a substantial immediate investment, they are too large and too unstable to remain as is.”

The infirmary is located on Papin Street and consists of five brick buildings that were constructed between 1187 and 1946. In 1933, the hospital became the second hospital in St. Louis to serve African Americans with the City’s first-ever racially integrated medical staff.

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