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Published: Saturday, Dec. 18 2010 11:00 a.m. MST

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John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

It is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that owns this building. The Church is largely self-insured, but I have read allegations that the Church does have $1 million or so premium insurance on at least some buildings. Thus there may or may not be insurance.

On the other hand, with the skills needed to rebuild a building like this one it is unclear that the insured value would actually pay to rebuild it.

I, like many others, hope the building is rebuilt. The Final decisions on such and the reasoning behind making the decision will probably be tied to determinations made in the future.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

You are right about the walls standing not being a sign that they are stable.

I would hope if they do have to raze the walls, there will be an attempt to re-use some of the original brick. Still it will not be an easy process.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

This building fulfills vital community functions. It needs to be re-built. Ideally in as close a manner as the orinal as possible.

The absolute worst idea is terro nova's of leaving it as a burned out shell. This would make Provo the Detroit of the west. The last thing one wants in a city is burned out, chard remnants of a functional city.

If it is not rebuilt, than it should be razed and turned into something else. As much as I want it rebuilt, I would much rather see it as a NuSkin parking lot than as a charred remnant.

Provo, UT

Skippy: That pictures was only smoke damaged.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan: I can gaurantee that it won't belong to NuSkin ever. A former mayor found that out.

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