If you've noticed an empty space at the northeast corner of Broadway and Providence Road, it's because the vacant MFA oil service and gas station was torn down by property owner Dan Hagan. Given that this lot is near one of Columbia's more prominent intersections, the Missourian had a few questions.
Q: Why did Hagan remove the building?
A. Simply because "the structure had no economic value," Hagan said.
Q. How long has Hagan owned the lot?
A. More than 20 years, and Hagan said the MFA station was built in the 1950s.
Q. Does Hagan have any plans to develop the property?
A. No. It will be used by the city for parking.
Q. Has the city seen any plans to rebuild?
No. If Hagan plans to rebuild, there would have to be a technical and permit review by the city, and there has been none. Hagan's property might be in the flood-plain overlay, like some other buildings in the Central Business District, so any new structure would have to comply with flood-plain ordinances.