I support the preservation and productive re-use of the Shenandoah and Mann school buildings.
Locally important and historic buildings are civic assets. As the owner and steward of these buildings and as the agent for the taxpayers of our City, I believe the St. Louis Public School district has among its responsibilities the task of doing everything it can to preserve them, use them if it can, and put them in the hands of someone else if it cannot.
The district's properties are owned by the St. Louis Board of Education, a government distinct from City government. Its buildings are not automatically reviewed through the City of St. Louis' Cultural Resource process that incorporates multiple criteria relating to buildings, their neighborhoods, and other factors into a review of requests for demolition permits.
Given the importance of Shenandoah and Mann, I have invited the Board of Education to voluntarily present them for preservation review - and to agree to be obligated by its outcome.
The district hasn't announced its final plans for either building. It has asked for your opinion about the future of Shenandoah and Mann at a public meeting on Saturday, October 5, between 10 and noon at Cleveland NJROTC, 3125 S Kingshighway.
Please consider attending.