Once again, the Heibel-March building at 900-902 Range Line is facing demolition. And once again, this proves the axiom that the way to save a historic building is to put it to work.
Built in 1910, according to the a May 23, 2012 article in the Columbia Daily Tribune, the building faces an August 1, 2012 deadline for demolition. The building once housed a drugstore and was named to Columbia’s Notable Properties list in 2005.
Yet, it has been vacant for years, despite several organization’s plans to occupy it. This recent article outlines the various plans and organizations that once proposed using the building.
For a short history of the building, see this City of Columbia link.
Below is a newspaper article that outlines the current possibility for the building.
May 23, 2012 – Heibel-March demolition is back on table – Columbia Daily Tribune. There is an August 1, 2012 deadline for this building to be demolished. Despite many efforts, the building remains vacant and no organization, agency or individual has stepped forward with plans to renovate it.
Oct. 23, 2011 – Plans for Heibel-March building stagnate – Columbia Tribune. Building at Rangeline and Wilkes Boulevard is still awaiting renovation. Several other plans to renovate the plans have fallen through.
Dec. 8, 2010, Historic Preservation Commission endorses Heibel-March purchase, Columbia Daily Tribune.
Dec. 7, 2010, Historic Preservation Commission votes to keep Heibel-March Building alive, Columbia Missourian.