But by 2019, he was ready to retire and was in talks with a housing developer when “a Goody Two Shoes showed up,” he told Westword last year, referring to a neighborhood petition to get historic designation for the building, which would have prevented its destruction — and also greatly reduced the amount Messina could get for the property.
Instead, in a win-win effort, Historic Denver engineered a purchase of Messina’s property by history-friendly developer GBX Group, which not only secured protective landmark designation for the building but transformed the former…
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