ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – An inspection is being conducted today on the vacant building at 511 Olive in downtown St. Louis after a chunk of concrete facade crashed onto a parked car on the street. That car was totaled, but no one was inside it.
St. Louis Building Commissioner Frank Oswald says the owner, Brian Hayden, owns other properties downtown besides the 103-year-old building and there haven’t been problems.
“They did send me an updated and they have a masonry contractor coming out…they have a high lift. They be taking a look at those various panels, trying to make sure that everything secured properly and if there’s any issues they’ll take them down,” Oswald says.
But Oswald says neither Hayden nor the construction company Brandonview LLC applied for city permits to renovate the property. Buildings downtown under six stories are not required to be inspected every three years, instead relying on complaints to later perform maintenance inspections. The building at 511 Olive is only five stories.
For now, the sidewalk in front of 511 Olive remains closed.
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