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Protest Over Planned Century Bldg. Demolition

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The Century Building (file photo)

By Tom Weber, KWMU/AP

St. Louis, MO – There was a protest Monday over plans to tear down the Century Building in downtown St. Louis.

Developers say the 108-year old building needs to come down to make room for a parking garage. The garage would serve those who use the Old Post Office once it's renovated. Tenants include Webster University and the Missouri Court of Appeals.

But lawyer Matt Ghio says the reasons for tearing down the Century no longer fly. "This project was premised back in 2001 on the fact that old post office square would never come back and be viable and alive unless this project were to go forward with a 1,000-car parking garage on the site of the Century, and that has proven to be false," Ghio says.

Ghio notes other developers who didn't wait for the Post Office project to start their own work on nearby buildings. He's also suing to stop the demolition. More than 1,420 people have also signed an online petition that protests the proposed demolition.

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