BEL NOR, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Bel-Nor residents hope two historic properties will be preserved, as UMSL sells them to two separate developers.
“This community is so naturally beautiful,” said Bel-Nor resident Dan Riley.
The City of Bel-Nor held town hall meeting over Zoom Wednesday, discussing the future of the Normandie Golf Course and the Incarnate Word Convent.
In 2014, News 4 reported on protests from community members to halt demolition of the convent that was built in 1929.
“I think it’s important that we keep these buildings,” said Riley.
Riley led some of those protests against demolition.
“When they first brought the building, it was really well intended,” Riley said.
UMSL purchased the convent in 1993 and the golf course in 2015. The university used the convent as dormitories for a few years. It has been vacant for the last 10 years.
The 117-acre Normandie Golf Course was built in