Friday, May 23, 2008

City Approves Demolition of Salvageable Buildings on North Riverfront

Just north of Laclede's Landing on Leonor K. Sullivan (Wharf Street, to some), sits a strip of three historic buildings owned by the St. Louis Land Reutilization Authority (LRA) - a two-story brick warehouse, a four-story brick warehouse, and a single-story stone structure. They're in relatively close proximity to the Ashley Street powerhouse and the Laclede Power Building, which is slated to be renovated by Trailnet to serve as the starting point for the riverfront bike trail. It's also surrounded by vacant lots.

While the buildings are structurally sound, the four-story building has suffered a partial collapse of its rear wall. Buildings in much worse condition have been renovated all over the city, and despite their years of neglect, these buildings are all good candidates for rehabilitation. And for some reason, the LRA wants to demolish them so that they can...well, they actually don't have any redevelopment plans for the site. Can't they work to find a developer and get these properties back on the tax rolls? The renovation of these buildings could possibly help spur some new construction, bridging Laclede's Landing with the potentially-soon-to-be-up-and-coming North Broadway district. What good is a vacant lot going to be?

1 comment:

LisaS said...

agreed on all points. I'm really puzzled as to why they didn't market these properties ... maybe LRA should hire a Realtor?

so we have another hole. so lovely.