ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Owners of the old Buster Brown building say it was built-in 1904 is on the historic registry and now it`s also at risk of demolition. Right now it operates as a home improvement outlet with flooring, furniture, cabinets, granite and kitchens for sale, there`s also a loft on the top floor.
While a hopeful plan to move the 80,000 square foot building across the street to part of the old Pruitt-Igoe site is under review by the city. The new site would be a hotel that will cost between $12 and $20 million dollars to build. Partner Mike Rasch says all of the merchandise must go.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is proposing to tear the building down and my partner Jimmy says I don`t want that to happen because this goes back to World`s Fair, he wants to save his building. So his plan is to move it across the street turn it into a hotel and to generate money for the city, state and everybody. Either way all of this material has to go we have hundreds of trucks of material. 'It would be the 3rd biggest building move ever in the globe said Rasch.
Friends say the owner Jim Osher is hoping to get approvals to have the building moved and if it happens it will take at least 6 months and up to $4 million dollars to make it happen.
At this point there's no word on a move out date.
For details on the sale call 314-369-3534.