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'Flying Saucer' To Get Mo. Statewide Preservation Award

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The building in Midtown which has become commonly known as the "Flying Saucer" will receive an award for its much-publicized transformation.

The Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation will recognize the effort at their Preservation Honor Awards ceremony on Feb. 27.

A Starbucksmoved intothe former gas station and Del Taco restaurant in Sep. 2012 and a Chipotle restaurant is expected to inhabit the other side of the building in the coming weeks. 

But the new businesses may not have moved in at all had the structure been torn down, as was originally planned by developer Rick Yackey.

As we reported previously, after politicians and preservationists fought for the building, bolstered by a strong social media campaign, Yackey changed his mind and, instead, sought national companies to fill the space.

Follow Kelsey Proud on Twitter: @KelseyProud