The Saint Louis Bread Co., Tim Boyle of City Property Company, and Alderman Kenny Ortmann are seeking to demolish two historic, single-family, well-maintained homes to add 20 spaces to the parking lot behind the Bread Company's store on South Grand. More than 300 people signed a petition stating that they are opposed to the demolition, and 212 people have signed a petition stating that they will no longer patronize the Bread Company if it continues to pursue the demolition of 3539 and 3541 Hartford. On April 9, the Preservation Board of the city's Cultural Resources Office voted to deny Boyle's request to demolish the buildings. Yet despite widespread opposition from residents and the outcome of the public process the Bread Company, Boyle, and Ortmann persist in their quest to tear down the homes while ignoring other solutions to the perceived parking shortage.
The members of the board of the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association (all of whom live north of Arsenal) voted to support the demolition. They have refused to allow the issue to come up for discussion at a general membership meeting, and their vote does not reflect the position of the majority of the neighborhood's residents. Ironically, the mission of the Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association is "To achieve an outstanding urban neighborhood characterized by a diverse population, unified in an atmosphere of trust, respect and friendship."
Update: On 6/27/01, the HUDZ Committee of the Board of Aldermen approved Tim Boyle's request to demolish 3539 and 3541 Hartford (Board Bill 31). The only alderman voting against the demolition was Craig Schmid. Demolition of 3541 Hartford began in October 2001. Tim has also bought the first home on Arsenal east of Grand.
Want to help save 3539 and 3541 from the wrecking ball? Reach out and touch these people:
Saint Louis Bread Co.
Alderman Kenny Ortmann
Tower Grove East Neighborhood Assoc.