Elements Of Design Studio, a frame shop in the 7100 block of Manchester Road, is being forced to vacate, and has found a new location on Sutton Boulevard.
The business is moving from 7182 Manchester Road to 2718 Sutton Boulevard.
The business owner said the building owner hasn’t kept up with maintenance, resulting in the shop being closed for months at a time. They say the city of Maplewood stepped in after fining the owner multiple times with violations over the past three years, calling the building unfit for human occupancy.
City Manager Marty Corcoran said Thursday that a judge didn’t condemn the building; the residents were ordered to vacate due to unsafe conditions.
Two buildings are involved: the one to the east, containing Elements Of Design Studio, and one to the west, with Bee Naturals (7192 Manchester), which is not moving. Corcoran said residents have to vacate the one to the east, but not the one to the west.
In the eastern building, Maplewood Art Studio, at 7186 Manchester, hasn’t returned calls immediately. New Destiny Apostolic Church, at 7174 Manchester, hasn’t responded either.
Corcoran said both buildings are being sold, and there is currently a potential buyer.
Elements Of Design Studio has kicked off an online fund-raiser to help with moving costs. They plan to reopen on Sutton the first week of April.