The only certainty about a cleanup of the remains of the Sports Attic, is that it will happen eventually.
The landmark sports bar in Brentwood was devastated by fire on April 13, and it was knocked into a heap with heavy equipment the same day.
Brentwood City Administrator Bola Akande said the owner has contracted with AALCO Wrecking to conduct the demolition, including asbestos supervision and debris disposal.
Akande said the cleanup has been delayed by a mix-up of who should get the insurance check to pay for the cleanup – Joe Droege, the owner, or St. Louis County.
She said all the property owners within 300 feet of the work will be notified when the work will start.
Jennifer Goeken, an administrative assistant with AALCO Wrecking said the demolition is waiting on clearance from St. Louis County.
"We don't have a definite time right now," Goeken said.
"We are waiting to go through the county because it is considered contaminated debris," she said. "We have to get clearances from all the utility companies, that everything has been properly disconnected and removed, then you have to go through the county for a special permit."
Patch has tried to reach the owner, Droege, at his home in Farmington, MO, to ask about the future of the bar. Several calls have not been returned.
One of Droege's sisters, Jill Droege, owner of Jillian's of Ideas, in Maplewood, said she doesn't know his plans. She also said her brother, Joe, isn't taking calls anymore.
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