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Prop NS Official in the City, Will Help Save Historic Architecture

September 14, 2018 - 10:42 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis City will start getting a stream of $6 million a year to keep vacant and historic buildings from biting the dust.

A judge decided late Thursday that state law supersedes city ordinance, and that Proposition NS actually did pass more than a year ago, in April 2017. NS raises property taxes slightly to pay for neighborhood stabilization efforts.

Chief Resilience Officer Patrick Brown says there's enough vacancy in the city to fill all of Forest Park one-and-a-half times.

“That has true impact both for the residents who live around vacant and abandoned structures and also the city’s financial resources. We’re spending a lot of money to maintain those buildings and those vacant lots and we’re not even doing it to a degree which we would like,” he says.

St. Louis boosters will note that while our region doesn't have scenic mountains or oceans, it has a core with some of the best historic architecture in the country. These new funds will save more of it.