Washington University is seeking to raze 6030 Delmar, the Rosedale Building, in the Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood. They say it is very unstable and is prohibitively expensive to save. WUSTL acquired the building in early 2020 from Joe Edwards, who had owned it since 2007. In 2014 part of the façade collapsed, and was repaired that year. There hasn’t been a tenant in the building in recent memory. There was an occupancy permit application for a marijuana dispensary in 2019. I’d wager they decided it was too expensive to fix up the building.
Soon after acquiring the building in 2020 WUSTL built a wooden structure to help support the façade.
The building was built in 1911 and is in the Skinker-DeBaliviere-Catlin Tract-Parkview Historic District. WUSTL plans to salvage the terra-cotta and cast iron features for future use. The Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council is expected to consider its support at their meeting Monday May 9th, 7 pm. If WUSTL submits a demolition permit, it would go to CRO and the Preservation Board (perhaps by its May 23rd meeting), though WUSTL could attempt to get an emergency demolition citing it as a safety hazard.
WUSTL owns nearly every property around the Delmar Metrolink Station. The Crescent Plumbing properties on either side of Rosedale appear to be heading into WUSTL’s holdings with the plan to build a new facility for Crescent on Olive in motion. The Skinker DeBaliviere Neighborhood Plan and the Delmar and Forest Park Station TOD plan envision CITY development around the Delmar station including making the Wabash station the entrance to the Metrolink station.