by Michael R. Allen
The old building still stood on June 10, 2006. Photograph by Claire Nowak-Boyd.
If one demolishes all of a building before building its replacement, where does the occupant go in between? Might be easier to stay put. The owners of a check cashing shop on the 6100 block of Martin Luther King Drive in Wellston just outside of St. Louis chose to keep their building standing as they built a new one. However, the story is interesting because the footprint of the new building overlaps with that of the old.
The solution? Knock down as much of the old two-story brick building as necessary while leaving the business open during construction!
Here’s the side view.