The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 17, 2013

Progress made with historic Neosho building at the center of recent city council discussion

By Roger McKinney
rmckinney@joplinglobe.com

NEOSHO, Mo. — A historic building on the Neosho square that was a topic at a recent Neosho City Council meeting because of its condition, apparently is back in the good graces of city officials.

Larry Neff and banker Rudy Farber own the McGinty Building at 101 E. Main St. Built in 1895, the building was McGinty’s Department Store from 1918 until 2002. Neff said he and Farber are restoring the building.

The recent partial collapse of the roof, resulting in debris inside the building, generated resident complaints, in turn resulting in discussion by the City Council.

“I’m happy to see the issues have been addressed,” said Mayor Richard Davidson, after looking inside the building on Thursday. He said the debris, which had been the immediate concern, had been cleared.

Neff said the mayor and city council members were merely demonstrating their authority.

“It was nothing but a power play,” Neff said.