OPINION: Hemet’s once-proud Gibbel Building sinks ever lower

An embarrassment to downtown may be becoming a public menace The concept going into the restoration project was to create a beautiful building. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter For more years than most of us can remember, downtown Hemet has been praying for a miracle worker to come upon the scene and restore the city’s sense of pride in this historic community. One might as well wish for a movie star to fall in love with you sight unseen. What was once a proud structure, originally known as the Gibbel Building, now quivers in an unhealthy state of decay with moldy walls and no flooring or even a roof.

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