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Changes could be coming soon to long vacant problem property in Bridgeton

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BRIDGETON  ( – Changes could finally be coming to the long vacant St. Louis Hotel in Bridgeton.

The hotel has been closed for years and despite locks and boarded up windows, the building has had nearly everything ripped out of it. Neighbors have called police more than 100 times in the last year for thieves and squatters.

“It’s a shame, it’s a nice property, had value, now it’s just deteriorated,” said Douglas Swartz who lives in the neighborhood adjacent to the property.

Neighbors have been complaining for years and so has the city. But last month the property owner, a group out of Texas, applied for rezoning.

The city rezoned the property to a planned commercial district, the owners hope to put a restaurant and possible parking garage.

They also applied for asbestos removed to begin.

Mayor Terry Briggs said this “shows good faith” towards the property’s demolition.

There does not appear to be much happening on the property, but residents are hopeful these permits mean a step in the right direction.

“Just as long as it cleans it up and they get rid of people, transit type that are tearing it down,” said Swartz. “We were starting to give up on having something done, it’s been slow but I think they’re starting to make progress.”

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