Lewis & Clark Tower in ruins; future of building remains in doubt

Residents want the Lewis & Clark Tower to be re-developed or demolished. (Credit: KMOV).

Many think the Lewis & Clark Tower in Moline Acres is an eyesore, and nearby business owners call it dangerous.

Tom Stelmacki operates a family owned grocery store that sits in the shadow of the tower. Stelmacki Supermarket has operated in the same location since the mid 1960's. According to Stelmacki, conditions at the neighboring tower deteriorate by the day.

"It just disgusts me," Stelmacki said as he walked around the building which is littered with garbage, broken windows, and debris.

In some cases large pieces of broken glass dangle from their frames creating a safety hazard.

The grocery store owner is concerned for the safety of his customers and employees.

"It's plate glass, if a sheet of that fell off it would cut somebody in half."

According to the mayor of Moline Acres, the city has spent approximately $10,000 to secure the building, but vandals continue to find their way inside.

The mayor said she is speaking with potential developers, but if the building can not be salvaged she would like to see it torn down.

Stelmacki and the mayor both said it is difficult to hold someone accountable because the building's units are abandoned and owned by multiple owners.

This story will be updated if any plans to secure or re-develop the property arise.

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