Led by Columbia College honcho's wife, Parks Commission blows off neighbors on historic demolition
"The Parks and Rec Commission moved on this topic without notifying our neighborhood association, without giving us an opportunity to be heard, or without calling us afterwards to let us know that the vote had taken place," North Central neighborhood association president Patricia Fowler explained. "We learned about the vote to recommend demolition from a Missourian reporter Monday, May 21."
City Hall owns the Heibel-March building
and Field Park, where it sits, and could easily afford to restore it. But Columbia College has wanted it gone for years
, sources close to the situation maintain. That story hit the grid recently with several comments from retired city parks director Dick Green urging the college on
With no support, every restoration initiative fails like clockwork, while Mr. Hutton and his employer -- who have virtually nothing to do with NCCNA, neighbors have said, unless they need public support for their own projects -- work behind the scenes to tear the building down.