Until earlier this month, no one paid much attention to the vacant, rundown, orange building with the distinctive turret on Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto. It wasn't until the owner of the former Cote d'Oro restaurant decided to sell the property to a national retailer and The Bee reported on it that anyone seemed to notice.
A vocal few are now touting the rich history of the site, including the tunnels and passageways intended to thwart law enforcement busts of what was once a nearby speakeasy, now the Eagles Hall. They have held it up as an example of urban development gone awry the destruction of a community icon to make way for a discount store bathed in fluorescent and neon light.
They have even suggested the city name it a historical landmark to protect and preserve it. This begs the suggestion, where were these people during the years this building was for sale? If they are truly enamored of the interesting building, then buy it and restore it.