Too often scenarios such as the proposed demolition of the San Luis Apartments seem to present a dichotomy wherein one of the two neatly defined "sides" must win; the other must therefore lose.
But opponents of the San Luis demolition do not wish to block the Archdiocese's plans to supply parking, necessarily. It's the idea of tearing down a perfectly habitable building in order to construct a surface parking lot. If there's a way to supply their parking desires without demolition, that's great. Why not consider alternatives? The Archdiocese claims they've explored them all without offering a concerned public any specifics.
Considering the cost of the San Luis demolition, it might be wise for the A-D to consider using a shuttle service for patrons at various pick-up points. A shuttle could also be used to bring church-goers to the Cathedral from the Euclid/Lindell garage, which is rarely full.
A glaring alternative is to allow the San Luis to stand--it has built in parking spaces that exceed the number requested by the A-D for their new lot.
Since sensible alternatives exist, it's up to you to show your support for one of those and not for the demolition of the San Luis Apartments for a surface lot.
The Preservation Board meets on Monday (June 22) at 4pm. The location is 1015 Locust, Suite 1200.
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