St. Louis University's request to tear down the historic Pevely Dairy complex is scheduled to be heard by the city's Preservation Board at its meeting Dec. 19.

The board had been set to consider the request last month but pulled the matter from the November meeting agenda at SLU's request. A SLU official said then that the university wanted more time to provide the most comprehensive plan possible for the Preservation Board's review.

SLU's intent is to demolish the Pevely complex, at Chouteau and South Grand, and replace it with a building for its SLUCare physician's practice.

Some preservationists are up in arms over the plan. They point out that the complex is on the National Register of Historic Places and that the main Pevely building is a prominent sight south SLU's main campus. They hope SLU will preserve and renovate at least the main building.

Developer Rick Yackey had planned to convert the Pevely buildings to 165 apartments and commercial space. But SLU disclosed August it had bought the complex, which is adjacent to the university's med center. SLU has said it studied the Pevely buildings, which date to about 1913, and found them unsuitable for conversion as medical offices.

So far, preservation has a leg up on demolition when it comes to the Pevely buildings. Betsy Bradley, director of the city's Cultural Resources Office, has denied SLU's application for demo permits. SLU's appeal of that denial is what the Preservation Board will consider later this month.

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Tim Bryant is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.