A Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy will occupy the former Heartland Bank building at 2290 W. Osage in the coming months.

The distinctive metal and glass building, with its clerestory skylights, which has been empty for 20 years, housed a branch of Heartland Bank from January 1989 to May 1997.

RLJ Services, Wildwood, was granted a permit to remodel the 4,903-square-foot structure.

Construction crews have been working at the site for the past month, tearing away the metal and brick overhang of three drive-through bays at the west side of the building.

Remodeling will include creating parking where the bays were and adding a drive-up window on the west side of the building.

RSDB LLC, a business entity located in St. Louis, owns the building.

No zone change or building plan was needed to convert the building to be used as a pharmacy, according to City Administrator Steve Roth.

The property is properly zoned C2 commercial so the project did not require any approval from the planning and zoning commission (P&Z).

“Bill Davis took care of the application and the permit,” Roth said. “But a pharmacy is an allowable use in that district so it did not have to go to P&Z.”

No target date has been announced for when the new pharmacy would open. The remodeling permit was issued Sept. 1, with the stipulation that work must be completed within 365 days of the issue date.

Medicine Shoppe International Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, owns and operates pharmacies in the United States and internationally. The company offers health and wellness screening, medication therapy management, Medicare/Medicaid, home delivery, and specialized care center services.