Lubbock Residents Rally to 'Save the Godbold'

Lubbock residents rallied around the Godbold Center today hoping to save it.
By Joshua Cole Little

LUBBOCK, TX---Lubbock residents rallied to 'Save the Godbold' Center today.
They hope to preserve the building and worry future owners want to tear it down. 

'History or high-rise?' That's the question on many in lubbock's mind as the property that the Godbold sits on prepares to be bought. 
Since the 1930's, the Godbold Center has seen many changes.
Madge Webster has seen the building from the beginning. 

"My father was one of the founders... Its still part of my history here. I've lived here a long time and most of our good things have already sort of disappeared," she says.  

The property and historical building that now houses Chrome and Cafe J and is in the works to be bought by Lubbock businessman Clayton Isom. 
The transaction has many in Lubbock worried the new owner may bring to much change.
Which is why the Lubbock Heritage Society stepped in, rallying others to call for the building to be preserved. 

"I'm not that surprised, I'm quite convinced that this building means a lot to people throughout Lubbock," says Pam Brink. 

Those who want the building to remain say they are very willing to sit down and look for a compromise 
"I'm always optimistic that we in fact can engage in a discussion with Mr. Isom and we can come to a meeting of minds," Brink says.  

Whether they've been here a few months or decades, many people are saying the same thing. 

"I'd like to see it stay like it is. I would," says Webster. 

Unfortunately Clayton Isom was not available for comment on this today. 
However these Lubbock citizens want to insure the historical integrity of the Godbold. 

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