The clock tower in Trenton sits squarely smack-dab in the middle of the down town core. It's an attractive old structure that seems to be affixed to a 1970's style building that used to serve as Trenton's city hall. It's pretty obvious which of the two different styles of architecture has withstood the test of time.
The building isn't used for anything now. It was bought by private interests about five years ago for a pittance and has remained untouched since then. This is a really big shame. This building could play a very useful role in the community with its central location and its elevator inside. It was built to be accesible and now all of that is going to waste.
There's a parking garage in the back, and it's all locked up and the concrete is starting to crumble and when you walk by you can hear the constant dripping of water. Years ago the kids in Trenton used to have a maze and activity centre in the garage on halloween, but now it's chained up and off limits to everyone.
The people who bought the building do not appear to be willing to do anything with it. They are from Toronto and I suppose that they don't see any value to this structure beyond their own financial interest in it. I can't claim to know what their motivation is, however, it's a pity to see a facility like this standing dormant in the middle of downtown. I hope something is done soon before the neglect causes irreversible damage to the structure. In my opinion, it feels like this building is being held for some sort of ransom. This should be a lesson to communities when they sell off important assets.
In the meantime, the tower is still an attractive building to look at and it towers above the other buildings downtown. I do wish that someone would reset the clocks so they displayed the correct time though.