It’s good to be right, but every once in a while, it’s better to be wrong.
We’ve editorialized a number of times about the lost cause of renovating the decrepit Keller Building.
In the 20 or so years that building has stood empty, it has steadily gone downhill and numerous possible renovation plans have fallen through as surely as the bricks and mortar have fallen to the ground.
While we’ve said “Give it up. It’s over,” others have worked hard to see that demolition isn’t the old building’s final fate.
Historic preservationists and developers along with city officials still see merit in trying to save it. Bob and Ruth Haag have worked tirelessly to try to shore up what is still standing. Though previous city officials were ready to cut their losses and pull the building down, the current commission is courting developers to breathe new life into the project. At least one developer has shown interest in its preservation so the city is “mothballing” and waiting to see what could come from that interest.
The $74,000 spent in 2008 for this mothballing seems like a lot of good money thrown after bad, but as long as there’s hope, there’s life.
This time, the editorial board would be glad to be wrong.