St. Louis (KSDK) - It's a victory for a Soulard bar owner who fought to go green in the historic neighborhood.
The St. Louis Preservation Board voted to allow the Bastille Bar and Grill to put solar panels on its roof.
Bob Hiscox spent thousands of dollars on a new roof and solar panels for the building, but it created a controversy because it is in a national historic district on Russell and Menard, where visible panels are not allowed.
Hiscox collected signatures supporting his roof panels, and board members finally changed their minds.
"It's a blessing. It will help my business. It will keep us thriving into the 21st century. It's good for the integrity. I put a new roof on. I won't have to worry about it. When I'm long gone, you know, and that's what it should be about. Making sure the buildings are viable, but yet protected for the next generation," said Hiscox.
He also encourages other business owners and neighborhoods to work with new green technology.