A shuttered St. Charles Avenue fountain store that began life as a gas station decades ago should not be torn down to make room for a new condominium building, the City Planning Commission has recommended.
The building at 7901 St. Charles Ave. was most recently used to sell French fountains and other decorative stone, but its former use as a gas station dates back to at least 1937, according to city documents. Oster Development, based in Old Metairie, is proposing to tear down the old shop and erect a three-story, six-unit condo building on the property.
Don Oster, of Oster Development, told the Planning Commission on Tuesday that he is aware of the neighborhood’s attachment to the building, so he looked into whether it could be moved to another site. Unfortunately, he said, the building’s design and its deteriorated condition make moving it impossible.
“The building is in disarray and could not withstand the attempt to move it,” he said.