The Post Dispatch is reporting this morning that developer Rick Yackey is backing off his initial plans to demolish the Flying Saucer at Grand and Forest Park Boulevards! In a statement sent to the Post, Yackey said he would hire an architect to explore alternatives for expanding the leasable square footage of space while keeping the concrete saucer structure. He said he is talking with the the neighboring property about space for additional parking. Yackey also said that he is talking with potential tenants about re-using the building. The investigation process to see if re-use is viable will take about 2-3 months.
Hopefully by then his architect will have shown him that there are many ways to adapt this iconic structure for use by a new tenant. Sometimes it just takes a creative mind though to think outside the box.