Owner of collapsed Soulard building applied to demolish it - KMOV.com

Owner of collapsed Soulard building applied to demolish it

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A vacant building collapsed in Soulard Tuesday. (Credit: KMOV) A vacant building collapsed in Soulard Tuesday. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A vacant building collapsed in Soulard Tuesday. The St. Louis Fire Department said Monday’s storms likely contributed to the deteriorating building’s fall.

News 4 obtained paperwork from the city that showed the owner of the building submitted two preliminary review applications to demolish the building and replace it with a parking pad.

Both were denied in 2013 and 2015.

The reports listed a number of reasons for the denial including: it “is a sound, Merit building in the Historic Soulard District” and “there is no Redevelopment Plan adopted by ordinance that includes this property”.

The report also stated: "The Board was not convinced by the testimony and evidence presented that the building required complete reconstruction. The Rehabilitation of the building would qualify for State and National Historical Tax Credits to assist in any extraordinary costs.”

The owner of the collapsed structure also owns the building in front where the Soulard Barber Shop sits. News 4 called the shop and we were told they tried multiple times to get a demolition permit for the back building, but were denied.

Others in the neighborhood are sad to see the loss of the historical building and wish more could have been done.

“It’s a bummer for me because I’ve saved buildings in this kind of condition myself,” said Jay Gibbs, who lives nearby and has renovated at least eight buildings in Soulard.

He feels it's important to save historical buildings because they just don't make them any more. He stressed the best defense to a result like Tuesday's is continued property maintenance. 

The city's Cultural Resources Office said it's important to note a preliminary review is different than a demolition permit which would be submitted formally through the permit office.

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