The future of a building being offered at no charge to someone willing to fix it up is looking bleak. For the second time a deal with a prospective owner has fallen through, leaving Wesley Knapp in a pressure situation if the building is to be saved.


The future of a building being offered at no charge to someone willing to fix it up is looking bleak. For the second time a deal with a prospective owner has fallen through, leaving Wesley Knapp in a pressure situation if the building is to be saved.
“I’ve got tomorrow (Friday) and Monday to find somebody,” said the executive director and downtown development director for the Downtown Hannibal Development Corporation, who has taken on the task of finding a new owner for the three-story structure building at 520 Broadway.
Unlike before, when he fielded approximately 150 inquires about the building, Knapp is wanting only serious inquires since time is so short. Knapp says inquires should be e-mailed him at director@downtownhannibal.com.
Knapp was given a 30-day extension last month by the Hannibal Building Commission. The five-member commission will be meeting soon, according to Knapp, who anticipates the group will be expecting results.
“I’ve got to have something for them,” he said.
Knapp has twice seen promising leads fall through. The most recent breakdown left Knapp frustrated.
“It’s sad this guy waited until the last minute to let me know with almost no time left to try and get with somebody after the city gave us the 30 day extension,” he said. “Up until about two weeks ago I was in regular communication with the guy and I thought everything was fine up to that point, but now he won’t even return my phone calls. I put a lot of time and effort into this and then to have somebody not even return your phone calls is probably as rude as you can get.”
The building, which sits on a 28-foot by 65-foot lot, came to Knapp’s attention last September. He contacted the owner, whom he has declined to identify, and offered to try and sell it for her. Initially the asking price was $10,000. After no buyer surfaced, a proposal by Knapp to give the property away was accepted by the present owner.