By. Chris Stritzel
News broke recently that the last historic building at the corner of Big Bend and Clayton in St. Louis County is on the chopping block. In its place will be a ugly Total Access Urgent Care (which has been expanding like a weed in recent years). The old Brick Building, that features unique architecture, will end up coming down as the Urgent Care Company gets its way with almost every proposal they present.
There are many cons to the project, biggest one is the loss of a historic building. But a pro could be that the older building, that is falling into disrepair, will come down thus reducing a potential hazard. But this is the part where that pro can be disregarded. Several buildings have been saved with the right amount of money, so why not invest in preserving the building rather than demolishing it? These Answer is simple. Money.
It would cost more to renovate the building to make it modern and up to code than to demolish and start over. For a Company like Total Access Urgent Care, they really care about the money, so for them to push out the money to fund a renovation of the building is out of the question. Solution: because the building is old enough, they can request historic tax credits to fix it up. Problem: they don’t want to go through a longer process because this would waste valuable patient cash.
What becomes of this project is in the hands of the Richmond Heights City Council. Chances are that they will favor new construction over making thenold building stay. As for how it will look in real life, please see the Total Access Urgent Care at Hampton and Interstate 44 in the City. A design failure not meant for a urban area. Shame.
- Design has changed but still looks like a lame replacement.
- Demolition of existing structure is going to take place.
- Plan approved.