by Michael R. Allen
Today Riverfront Times reporter Sam Levin has a good article about the status of the Pevely Dairy building at Grand and Chouteau. The main question on people’s minds: What is going on with the Pevely Dairy building?
The answer: Nothing. And the Planning Commission’s decision to allow demolition was rendered on February 22, 2012. Considered a final decision, the action expires after one year. Then everything starts over again.
St. Louis University’s plans for the Pevely dairy building are unknown. What is clear now is that the university won’t be building its ambulatory care center on the site. The Planning Commission vote last year allowed demolition permit issuance only after the university obtained a building permit for a new ambulatory care center on that site.
City law is clear about what the university will have to do next: “No application for demolition permit shall be considered unless filed more than one year from the date of final decision on the merits of the most recent demolition application for the same Structure.”
St. Louis University will have to apply for a new demolition permit for the Pevely Building. The Pevely building still is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and thus the demolition permit will go back to the Cultural Resources Office — which would have to take the matter to the Preservation Board for approval since the building meet criteria for a “High Merit” building under city law.
Here we go again?