More Details Released on Gabe's Tower Deal

We're learning more about the Owensboro man who has agreed to buy Gabe's Tower.

City officials say Bob Zimmerman reached a deal to take control of the Triplett Street building. It came as city officials pushed ahead with its plan to take over the site. Residents are still divided over its future.

Should it stay, or should it go?

"It's going to take a lot to fix it, but in the long run, it will be worth it," says Jimmy Johnson of Owensboro.

"It looks like a sore thumb to me," adds Marvadine Barrow of Owensboro.

Zimmerman declined to comment on camera at this time about the deal and his plans. Copies of deeds for the tower show he agreed to the deal last Wednesday, valued at up to $500,000.  County property records show he controls several houses in Owensboro. City officials were ready to offer the Pennsylvania group, which took control back in 2013, $225,000. Zimmerman tells us he doesn't have anything set yet, but he does have a few options on the table. Some residents say they want it returned to its former glory.

"I remember in its heyday when you could see it on the edge of town, with the restaurant on top of it. I would like to see it to what it once was. I think there is money to be made in it. It's going to take money to fix it," Johnson says.

But others say it's beyond repair, and other plans, including a new bus transit hub, would be better.

"We've seen several of the real estate people or entrepreneurs try to do something with it and their plans have fallen apart, gone by the wayside, or never come to fruition."

City officials say they'll continue their efforts to take control of the tower site, but they're still determining how any change in ownership will effect their plans.  City Attorney Ed Ray says if they can't control it through negotiations, they could via condemnation.


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