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Operators of St. Louis buildings larger than 50,000 square feet will soon face penalties if they don’t report energy and water use to the city. 

The city’s benchmarking ordinance, which went into effect in 2017, requires owners of municipal and privately owned buildings to report energy and water consumption to the St. Louis Building Division. City officials will levy fines and deny occupancy permits to buildings that don’t comply within 60 days of receiving a warning letter. 

The penalties strengthen an ordinance that aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

Sarah Fentem | St. Louis Public Radio

A visitor to the new wing of the Mercy hospital in Festus can likely tell immediately where the old building ends and the new part begins. The atrium still smells of fresh paint, and instead of dark, winding hallways, windows let in natural light.

Builders designed it to be prettier and more user-friendly. But Mercy Hospital Jefferson is safer, too.

This fall 2016 photo shows the the back of the Smithey's container home with new sod and patio.
Provided | Zack Smithey

A proposed amendment to St. Charles' building codes would make shipping-container homes blend in with more typical houses in the city.

A new home on Elm Street sparked the debate that led to the regulations, introduced at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The amendment would require shipping-container homes to be fully sided and have a pitched roof.

(Screenshot via Google Maps)

Updated with comments from the city, preservationists.

Pedestrian and car traffic will be restricted at Spruce and 11th streets in downtown St. Louis indefinitely because the historic Cupples 7 building  has become structurally unsound.

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Updated with comments from the Foundation's board president.

St. Louis police chief Dan Isom got an unexpected present today at the annual luncheon of the St. Louis Police Foundation - a $3 million check.

When it's combined with department resources, the donation makes it possible to turn the old Wells-Fargo building at 1915 Olive Street into a new headquarters. The department's current facility, and 1200 Clark Ave., is almost 85 years old and needs about $70 million in repairs.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 4, 2011 - WASHINGTON - For decades, the seven buildings on the Hardesty Federal Complex in Kansas City were used as a U.S. Army quartermaster depot. The 18-acre property was vacated in 1999, but it took the federal government until 2007 to put it up for sale.

Nearly four years later, the property is still for sale.

If you were listening to NPR's Morning Edition around 6:30 a.m. or again around 8:30 a.m., you might have heard a familiar name - developer Richard Baron, of McCormack Baron Salazar.