Should a historical building be persevered or torn down to make for new? That was the debate at a meeting today over the Clarinda and Page buildings located right in the heart of Midtown.
Turner Park North LLC, an entity of Mutual of Omaha, and some Clarinda condo owners want the landmark status rescinded so the property can be demolished and sold. “The building has really outlasted its useful life and it is not economically feasible to rehabilitate these structures."
Some condo owners say it would be best for them because they’ve lost money over the years and the building is in rough shape. Jack Henry said, “We are in a very unfortunate situation. There's no condo association as you heard, there's nobody reinvesting in the building right now."
Other condo owners disagree. They don’t want their building to disappear off the map. “A century's worth of tenants who have called the Clarinda and Page home would wonder why a building that was constructed with such fortitude would be demolished now," said Maureen Fitzgerald on behalf of a condo owner.
Others also showed up to voice their concerns. "The devastation that has happened to this city because of the wrecking ball is inexcusable and for this organization to go ahead and tear down that building, you all if it happens you should be ashamed of yourself."
After hours of hearing arguments, the meeting ended without a decision. A board member had to leave for a family emergency and the public meeting was closed. A vote is expected instead for next month’s meeting.
Mutual of Omaha says if the buildings were to be demolished, plans are in the works to put up an office space on the property.