Nearly a decade ago the developers of the Old Post Office needed more tenants lined up so they could get their project financing, allowing them to raze the historic Century Building across the street for a parking garage. The St. Louis Public Library came through with a lease for an “express” library just four blocks east of the Central Library building and the Century came down.
The Express was nice to have while the Central was closed for renovations but a cheaper temporary location could’ve been found, such as the still-vacant ground floor of the Library administration building at 1415 Olive.
The Century is long gone and Central reopened last month. Is the Express still needed? When does the lease expire? Should it be renewed?
The poll question this week asks if the Express, located four blocks from Central, be closed or kept open. The poll is in the right sidebar.
Also, the Central Library first opened 101 years ago today.
– Steve Patterson