WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KPLR) – It was a showdown between progress and history in Webster Groves, Tuesday night.
About 50 residents packed the Webster Groves City Council meeting to save a 106 year old home facing demolition.
The house at 705 Greeley has been there since 1908.
Neighbors said within the past 6 months, the home’s last occupant had died and her family sold the home to Freeman Homes of Clayton, which plans to demolish the house and put up two new ones in its place.
About 50 residents packed city hall to hopefully stop the process and save the home.
Webster Groves was known for its historic houses they said, citing those historic homes as the top reason people chose to live there.
But the house lies just outside a protected historic district and does not have landmark status.
City leaders said there was nothing they could do to save the home now.
One city official said, a hundred more historic building were at risk; more than 1500 structures in Webster Groves are more than 100 years old and only about 620 had any sort of “protected” status.
Residents demanded the city council change the city code to make it easier to spare historic homes from demolition.
But the only issue on the council agenda was to split the property into two lots to allow for the two new homes.
Council members said they were powerless to stop it and demolition was in the hands of the new property owner, Freeman Homes.
FOX2 learned the owner of Freeman homes had agreed to allow a realtor to show the property to potential buyers interested in saving the home.
City council to decide fate of 100-year-old Webster Groves home