Activist Hopeful Biondi’s Resignation Could Save Pevely Building

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – With Saint Louis University President Lawrence Biondi leaving, is there hope for saving the now-crumbling Pevely building? Activist Randy Vines hopes so.

“I hope that there is a real change in vision in terms of how SLU relates to its environment that surrounds it,” he said.

Vines argues that SLU purposely allowed Pevely to crumble, so as to call it blighted.

“To me it seems like a land grab. There was nothing wrong with that building, it was perfectly usable. It’s the last piece of that urban corner at the corner of Grand and Chouteau,” he said.

Vines says Biondi promised a city preservation board more than a year ago that an ambulatory care center for the site was “shovel-ready.” Instead, the building is falling apart and the iconic sign on its roof has fallen down.

“I think it’s shameful,” Vines said. “I think it adds insult to injury that we were promised something transformative and now we have a pile of rubble. At a high-profile intersection like that, there’s really no excuse for it.”

Vines is hopeful that Biondi’s replacement adopts a blanket policy of preservation, adding that the Midtown area has too many grassy lots, fountains, and wrought-iron fences.

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