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Almost a decade ago, the city, having taken over the building for unpaid taxes, sold it to a group that promised to turn it into a black history museum. But

Almost a decade ago, the city, having taken over the building for unpaid taxes, sold it to a group that promised to turn it into a black history museum. But despite consuming $170,000 of city funds for rehabilitation work, the project was never completed, leaving exposed electrical wiring, among other issues, throughout the structure. The city reclaimed the building in late 2007.

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