Unfortunately, after the boarding house closed in 1989, the house was left unrestored. There is now a fight between members of the black community and the mayor’s office about the building. Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to tear it down and has made many efforts to block the restoration of the Jackson House. The fight has now become focused on race relations in the city as a member of the NAACP and others in the community have spoken against the building’s demolish.
The restoration of the Jackson Rooming House is estimated to cost over $925,000 over a three-year period.