The site occupied for decades by the old Maryland Hotel in Hannibal is now an open lot featuring red clay soil. While the property is owned by Bricker Excavating/Demolition, that may not be the case in the not-too-distant future.
"I'm trying to negotiate as far as giving it a new home," said Ron Bricker, project coordinator with Bricker Excavating/Demolition. "I've contacted about three people and made offers to them as far as buying the property."
While Bricker did not reveal any of the individuals he has talked to about the property, one could be a local land-owner who previously turned down a chance to take possession of the site for free - the city of Hannibal.
In 2011, the building's previous owners, Jim and Sheryl Love of California, offered to give the site to the city. The City Council, however, said "thanks but no thanks." Jeff LaGarce, city manager, estimated that it would cost between $57,000 and $60,000 to tear the building down and another $15,000 to transform the lot into a parking lot.
Could the city have interest in the property now that the building is gone?
"I don't know if the council will be interested," said LaGarce in an e-mail. "I am told Bricker will be sending us an unsolicited purchase offer."
LaGarce added that if the Council did obtain the lot, he is unsure "what or how we would develop it."
Bricker Excavating/Demolition bought 314-16-18 Broadway last November. At the time, Bricker indicated there were no definite plans for the property.
"We thought about possibly making a couple of stores side by side out of a metal building, but that wouldn't match the surroundings. That's not necessarily what's going to happen. It could end up being a paved parking lot. We don't know," he said.
After months of delays, de-construction of the old hotel started in March. According to Bricker, the project wrapped up "a week-and-a-half to two weeks ago."