ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – The City of St. Louis has condemned a warehouse adjacent to a school after parents complained that the building may pose a safety and health hazard.
The one story building has several broken windows and a wall that is not secure. It is adjacent to the Gateway Science Academy on Fyler Avenue in south St. Louis. The building was also damaged in a fire several years ago.
Parents of gateway students say they believe paint products stored inside and mold on the walls present a health danger to their children. Amanda Vaccaro said, “My child has to walk by here every day. That wall there you can push and any child could fall through.” Nearby resident Dan Hagerty said, “This stuff is floating freely as the children in their gymnasium class they run this track here. I’m seriously concerned for their long term health and well being.”
A St. Louis City spokesperson says the building was condemned yesterday because of its condition and inspectors said paint products inside did not pose a health danger. The city says “Sterling Lacquer Manufacturing Company” has ten days to secure the building or the city will secure it and bill the owner.