Tell the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen to vote against Board Bill #118: Redev. plan for 212 N. Grand. Some may love the building itself, some may decry the process of "blighting" used to bypass community review and the use of tax credits and abatement to support demolition: we all have a vested interest in opposing its demolition.
The Board Bill is an attempt to circumvent citizen and city agency review of demolition and would compel the cooperation of all city departments, agencies and personel, preventing anyone from challenging the demolition request: "and pledging cooperation of this St. Louis Board of Aldermen ("Board") and requesting various officials, departments, boards and agencies of the City to cooperate and to exercise their respective powers in a manner consistent with the Plan;"
Add your name to the growing list of those who oppose the demolition of the Phillips 66 station (Del Taco) in Midtown St. Louis for the reasons stated below. Signatures will be forwarded to the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen and other relevant entities.
It is the signature building of the Council Plaza development listed as having "exceptional signficance" by the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places; and
The National Register of Historic Places designation is granted protection
under the City of St. Louis preservation ordinance, a public law; and
State and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits have been awarded and used by the developer of Council Plaza in part due to the presence of the Phillips 66 building; and
Further tax support in the form of a 10-year tax abatement Transportation Development District and Community Improvement District should not be offered to support demolition; and
The use of the “blight” label allowing demolition is unjustified and an abuse of that economic tool; and
The building suits the site well, as Interstate 64, Grand Avenue, Forest Park Avenue and associated access ramps create an inherently inhospitable pedestrian environment; and
The building is an iconic landmark, adding character and interest to the City of St. Louis.