“I’m not aware of this,” Niland responded in an email. “I’m looking into the issue and I’ll get back to you.”

McKelroy said he had not heard of parking lot plans until about one month ago.

“I heard it from Max [Grossman], I can tell you that,” McKelroy said. “That was probably 30 days ago. I had heard most recently from Borderplex they intend to use it as a surface parking lot [through the permit application process].”

The Muir building is part of a set of several buildings flanking San Jacinto Plaza created by prominent architect Henry Trost, whose work was most prolific from the late 1800s to the 1930s.

Architectural historians say the buildings were meant to be a showcase of the architect’s varied ability – each one built in a different architectural style. Each structure represents a period in architectural history.

ABC-7 was unable to confirm when demolition of the Muir Building will begin.