Investigative Post: Central Terminal decays as board delays

(By Charlotte Keith – Investigative Post) For years, the Central Terminal suffered from willful neglect at the hands of its private owners. While the building lay open to vandals, artifacts were stolen and metal pipes stripped out.

When the non-profit Central Terminal Restoration Corporation took ownership in 1997, the hope was that the group would halt the building’s deterioration and find a responsible developer to secure its long-term future.

But the building is still deteriorating. And dysfunction in the Restoration Corporation’s board of directors has hampered progress in preserving and redeveloping it, former board members have told Investigative Post.

“There’s so many different things wrong with the building, the damage is astounding,” said former board member Paul Maurer.

The building was in bad shape when the Restoration Corporation bought it for one dollar in 1997. Since then, volunteers have worked on the upkeep of the building and the Restoration Corporation has raised enough money to make limited repairs.

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