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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 8 a.m.

Rise & Fall: Craig McCalla and Ex-Smith Furniture Building

By Paula Gardner

One is a principal who makes an impact on every child that walks through the doors of his elementary school. The other is a building with grand potential, but possibly no future.

Here are our picks for Thursday's winner and loser from the news.

Rise: Craig McCalla

The principal at Cornerstone Elementary School in Dexter brings out the best in his building - and that’s something that caught the attention of educators across three counties. McCalla was named the principal of the year by Region 2 of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association. “… Every child that goes through his building will remember him for a lifetime. He has that kind of an impact,” said his boss, Superintendent Mary Marshall. That’s no small feat, and we commend him for what he’s accomplishing.

Fall: Ex-Smith Furniture Building

It’s big enough for some grand redevelopment plans - but could fall down before its 20-year owner can finalize a deal, according to Ypsilanti officials. The city has targeted the downtown property, vacant for many years, for repairs that owner Jim Pate hasn’t accomplished. It’s unclear what could be the issue for Pate, since officials say he’s not responding to their notices or citations. However, allowing the structure be “demolished by neglect” isn’t in his best interest or the city’s.