St. Louis city officials want to do more to preserve some vacant buildings for future development, and tear down those that are beyond repair. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a bill will be filed Friday with the Board of Aldermen that would set up a preservation fund of about $500,000 a year to fix roofs and walls on long-term vacant buildings. An equal amount would go to the city's demolition fund.
The paper reports that the cash would come from a new fee on electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits, but building owners would face a lien for the costs as well.
If the aldermen agree, the measure would go before voters, possibly as early as next spring.
A separate bill also to be filed Friday would toughen penalties for owners who let decay their so-called "high merit" historic buildings, like the now-demolished Cupples 7 building.