Convent on edge of UMSL campus gets reprieve

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Activists in Bel-Nor rally on the steps of the closed Incarnate Word Convent on Sunday, April 19, 2015, hoping to save the nearly 100-year-old former nunnery. The University of Missouri-St. Louis, which has owned the building since 1993, plans to demolish it this year.

BEL-NOR, Mo. (AP) – Plans to tear down a historic convent on the edge of the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus are on hold.

University spokesman Bob Samples told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Chancellor Thomas George wants to meet with area leaders to determine the best way to move forward. The chancellor has not set a timetable for a decision.

The university previously said it planned to demolish the vacant Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word convent. The university had hired a demolition company and began asbestos removal as part of a $1 million plan to tear down the building and turn it into green space.

Several residents who live nearby began an effort to preserve the convent, including an online petition and rallies to convince UMSL to change course.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com