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Preservation Board Approves Demolition for New Apartments

February 27, 2018 - 9:59 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Another step forward for a major residential project in downtown St. Louis.


The city's Preservation Review Board ruled the building at 300 South Broadway, currently St. Louis Community College's Cosand Center, can be razed to make way for a 33 story apartment tower. But board member Randy Vines says there are conditions to be met first.

"It needs to be shovel ready, it needs to be the same plan that was presented to the board, and the demolition permit will be withheld until those conditions are satisfied," he says. 

Speaking personally and not as a member of the board, Vines says it's not ideal to tear down history in the name of progress, but he's glad there are plans for this property instead of what he's become used to -- plans for open space.

"I would say ultimately I have to determine for myself whether or not the proposal, whether I deemed it worthy as equal to or greater than what was there," he says.