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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – St. Louis city officials will consider a plan Thursday to help better preserve historic buildings in the city.

Board Bill 332 would put a special focus on what's being called "High Merit historic buildings" and provide tools to go after owners who let those buildings deteriorate.

It's a problem that last year claimed the Cupples 7 building at 11th and Spruce in downtown St. Louis, and has other buildings like the old Castle Ballroom in Midtown in danger of also meeting with the wrecking ball.

If passed, Board Bill 332 would create a process for identifying structural problems before a building reaches a "point of no return," then alerting the owner, and then taking action.

Under the bill possible penalties for negligent owners include a $500 fine for each day these structural conditions exist, putting a lien on the property, or having the city step in and fix the problem then billing the owner or putting the cost on the real estate tax bill.

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