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CLEVELAND -- An historic building downtown is sparking a fight over whether to tear it down and lose a piece of Cleveland history.

The former Herald Building is connected to the place where music industry icon Alan Freed coined the phrase "Rock and Roll."

"It's a landmark, it speaks for itself," said one Clevelander.

But that landmark is falling apart. Literally.

The bricks are falling off, the walls are cracking and bowing. The parking lot is closed and a fence surrounds the side to prevent anyone from getting hurt from falling debris.

"If you really do look at it, it do look dangerous and it do look like it's about to fall down," said passerby Jimmy Young.

The sign on the wall, from the Cleveland Fire Department, says it's a "collapse hazard."

Downtown Cleveland Alliance says the owners of the Herald Building want to tear it down and possibly put up a billboard, or retail store or parking lot.

But the city wants to preserve it and the other two building connected to it.

Some Clevelanders agree saying it's a vital part of the city's culture.

"People need to know and people would support it, people are starting to care about Cleveland's culture, preserving it and restoring it," said musician and Cleveland native Troy Simoneau.

WKYC tried contacting L&R, but has yet to hear back from them.

The city ordered L&R to repair the building to make it safe, but they say L&R is not in compliance with the court.

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