Retraction: Preservationists hope to save historic Medical Center


To our readers:

At about 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, the Downtown Devil took down an article published earlier that day called “Preservationists hope to save historic Medical Center.” The piece inaccurately stated that the Medical Center may be demolished by the end of this year without verification from the owner of the building, Cable ONE. The reporter attempted to contact Cable ONE prior to the article’s publication

On Monday, April 9, a Cable ONE spokesman confirmed that the Medical Center is not set for demolition. The company never had plans to demolish the building and has plans to improve the appearance of the building in the near future, he said.

CableOne is unable to use the building now but plans to use it as part of its campus of nearby offices, said the spokesman, who asked to remain unnamed.

We sincerely apologize to any readers who were misled by the information provided in our original article article.

Managing editors of the Downtown Devil


  1. Right…because every historic building that has been torn down has resulted in a vacant lot. I have commented on this issue several times because as a city we have to have “balance”. I am not in favor of tearing down every historic building. This city has 35 historic districts where communist preservationists trample over the freedom and liberty of property owners and dictate what these homeowners do with their own property. We have 203 individual properties (including one sewage treatment plant building and other stupid additions).

    “When everything is historic, nothing is historic” is a motto that should be hanging in the office of the HPO. If a developer has plans for this property in which they feel the current building will not work for them then the building has to go! It is called change and much like a 92 year old woman, some do not take well to it. I swear to you these people are going to ruin this city if allowed. Companies and businesses will say “screw it” and find somewhere else rather than fight with a bunch of preservationists who should “preserve” their own properties they own and mind their own business.

  2. ^^^Well that was insane. Back in the real world…

    This is a terrific building and worthy of being saved, as is most anything by Lescher and Mahoney. However, its VERY low density for that parcel. If Hance Park is to ever succeed, we need higher density buildings flanking it.

    If the City really cared about Historic Preservation & about making Hance Park work (I’ve seen minimal evidence of either) what they’d do is try to convince Cable One to tear down their own building. Its an anti urban fortress drowning in a moat of surface parking. There’s tons of Class B office space available in the Central Core that Cable One could move into while a new, larger building building that properly addresses the park is constructed.

    I’d be willing to be the City even owns some unused Class B office space they could lease to Cable One for free/cheap to help with the costs. Of course, all of this requires creative thinking, something our City is often very short on.