MSD Project Clear, City of St. Louis Begin $13.5 Million Program to Demolish Buildings

Hundreds of abandoned, structurally-condemned buildings to be demolished.

March 23, 2017 | 2 min reading time

This article is 7 years old. It was published on March 23, 2017.

St. Louis, MO – On Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 9:15 a.m., MSD Project Clear and the City of St. Louis will launch the first phase of a $13.5 million program to demolish abandoned, structurally-condemned buildings. Three of the first 11 buildings in the program will be partially demolished during a press event to announce the launch: 5508, 5512 and 5518 Greer. 

The program will produce 50 acres of permeable ground, reducing rainwater runoff into the combined sewer system, thereby reducing sewer overflows into the Mississippi River—which is a key objective of MSD; it also will remove condemned, vacant buildings and create properly-maintained green space in distressed neighborhoods that will make adjacent development easier—which is a strategic priority for the City of St. Louis.

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Time: 9:15 a.m.
Speakers: MSD Executive Director Brian Hoelscher, Mayor Francis G. Slay
Location: 5508, 5512 Greer Avenue, in the City's Wells Goodfellow neighborhood
Visual: Building demolition

About MSD Project Clear

MSD Project Clear is the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District's initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region. MSD Project Clear will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community Rainscaping and system improvements, along with an ambitious program of maintenance and repair and the disconnection of some residential downspouts in parts of St. Louis County's separate sewer area from the wastewater sewer line. This work is part of an agreement between MSD and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE).

The St. Louis region's success with MSD Project Clear will only be possible through strong partnerships and clear communications with the public.

To learn more about the MSD agreement with EPA and MCE, please visit For more information on MSD Project Clear, visit or follow us on Twitter @ProjectClearSTL.

About the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD)

Created in 1954, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) works every day to protect the public's health and the natural environment through effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies.

MSD is responsible for the public sewer system that homes and businesses connect to through lateral lines. Through a labyrinth of connected sewers, wastewater is transported to one of seven sewer treatment plants –nearly 7,000 miles of sewers in all. That is like going from St. Louis to New York City and back three times. Individual property owners are responsible for another important part of the system, the sewer lateral that connects a home's plumbing to the public sewer in the street.


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