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  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood MO says:

    Apparently there was a lot of controversy about this building back in ’04-5, when the then-owner, Our lady’s Inn wanted to raze it. Its request was denied, it moved to a different location and sold the building to a developer for renovation into offices.
    That was in 2005…

    1. Mark says:

      I’m not exactly affiliated with OLI, but I do volunteer there occasionally. From what I’ve heard, they initially wanted to raze it, but that plan was quickly (and rightfully) thwarted. Then, they wanted to rehab it, but I’ve heard 2 complaints. 1) The general cost was very high and 2) historical minded people wanted it done in specific ways which raised the cost higher. Now, we’re looking at a building that still hasn’t been rehabbed and is ready to fall over. I won’t attest to the veracity of the 2 statements, but those are the rumors I have heard.

      The other point I would make is that a lot of people look down on OLI for not rehabbing it, pointing to their “large” budget and other factors. I can say that they operate on a shoestring budget and their business is housing the homeless, not renovating properties.

      Finally, I have been inside it fairly recently, and it does look like some extensive renovations were completed that likely included some new framing, electrical, drywall, plumbing etc. I dont know how far the work was completed, but for some reason it stopped and it has continued to sit vacant.

  2. Henry says:

    Is this for sale

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      No, it is not on the market. I do not know what the owner’s plan is for the building.

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