ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new skyscraper that could change the skyline downtown and provide some competition for Ballpark Village is up before the city’s preservation board today, it’s not exactly a slam-dunk decision.

Michael Allen, Sr. lecturer at Washington University, says he understands the march of progress, so he knows the board will approve demolition of the century-old brick warehouse, but he hopes they demand the best new building in exchange.

“This is the only opportunity to leverage for better building. St. Louis doesn’t have architectural design review, doesn’t really have a modern zoning code,” he says.

What makes a better building? Allen says it could be the relation to the sidewalk, or it could mean better building materials.

“Ultimately I’m going to take the recommendation of the Cultural Resource office, and they are recommending, if they can get the financing for this project in place and it’s going to move forward, that they can tear down the building because this is a higher better use of that land,” says downtown alderman Jack Coatar.

The preservation board meets at 4 pm and is also considering the demolition of the old Channel 11 building for a new hotel in the Central West End.

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