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Neighbor upset that city won’t tear down condemned south St. Louis building

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A neighbor wants this building in Dutchtown torn down, but the city has yet to do so. Credit: KMOV A neighbor wants this building in Dutchtown torn down, but the city has yet to do so. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -

A man who lives in the Dutchtown neighborhood wants to know why the city will not tear down a crumbling near his home.

The building is located at the intersection of Osage and Nebraska. It is considered a historic structure and an alderwoman and the owner are looking for funding for repairs. Rehab was attempted earlier in 2016 but problems emerged.

Neighbor Shawn Williams said he heard a loud crash while lying in bed several weeks ago. The noise was from a wall on the building falling into the street. Nobody was injured, but Williams wants to know why the building isn’t being demolished.

$1 million is available in the city budget for demolition of derelict buildings, but the majority of those structures are privately owned. The city tries to get such demolitions to be paid for by the building owners.

MSD is spending $4.7 billion over the next few decades to update aging infrastructure. $13.5 million is meant for building demolition. The goal is to create more greenspace to soak up more rainwater so it doesn’t go into the sewer system.

The program will stretch over several years, but officials have not decided which buildings will be included.

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