Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Rick Yackey denies that tenants have been found for the well-known flying saucer building.

He told KMOX on Thursday that the only construction happening on the site is the removal of old underground gasoline tanks, from the site’s days as a Phillips 66 gas station.

Yackey would not comment on whether negotiations were underway with potential tenants, said he had to check with his attorney and that he would call back. He didn’t.

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Starbucks and Chipotle will take-over for Del Taco in the Midtown flying saucer building that was saved from the wrecking ball by preservationist protesters last summer.

“It is giving it more life than it even had before,” said Alderwoman Marlene Davis, who confirmed the plans to KMOX late Wednesday.

Owner Rick Yackey argued last June at a Board of Aldermen hearing that while the Council Towers complex was historic, the former gas station-turned-burrito drive-thru was a magnet for crime.

Davis: “I applaud the developer for coming up with a new architectural design that has enhanced the building.”

To allow for both tenants to inhabit the building, which sits smack-dab in the middle of the Saint Louis University campus, the building will undergo an expansion.

But not just the iconic building will need some revitalization. Davis calls for improvements to the interchange at Forest Park parkway and Grand Avenue as well.

“It’s past the time for rehabilitation for the roadways there. That’s number one.” Davis also says the general traffic patterns and the amount of traffic has changed at that intersection.


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