A little foresight would have been better than trying to save the debris

By Fred Arnold Publisher

It’s very interesting to me how when it comes to the “Republic Hotel Block” that the experts are now coming out of the woodwork. With the series of building that once were: The Republic Hotel, The Print Shop, JC Penney and Coast To Coast now nothing more than a pile of rubble, people are stepping up offering view on what should be done with the left overs. Some of the more creative things we’ve heard include: saving the bricks to make a memorial wall to commemorate the historical significance of the location; putting pavers into the street to replace the fake cement bricks; using them to construct a sidewalk in one of our parks and use of the limestone as a front to a new building on the site.

These are all good ideas I am sure. But honestly it’s a little late in the game to be thinking what could have been or should have been done with the leftovers from the razed location.

 

 

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