- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BEL-NOIR, Mo. (AP) - After a push from community activists, the old Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Convent in Bel-Noir has been saved from demolition.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis announced Monday that the planned demolition of the convent has been canceled. University spokesman Bob Samples said school Chancellor Thomas George decided to cancel the planned summer demolition so that a positive relationship with the community could be maintained.

The 1920s-era convent had been slated to be torn down as part of the school’s original plan to address a maintenance backlog worth an estimated $300 million.

The convent buildings had previously been used for campus housing, the honors college and office space but had been left vacant in recent years.

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