The old Howell School building, on the verge of renovation to become a senior living facility, could soon be Dothan’s latest addition to the National Register of Historic Places.
Dothan architect Joe Donofro addressed the Historic Preservation Commission Thursday to provide an update on a plan to turn the building and some surrounding property into a senior living community.
Developers plan to invest about $14 million in the project. The Howell School building is expected to include 19 one- or two-bedroom apartments, a community room and kitchen. Other areas around the property will have cottages as well.
“Our belief is this will also encourage other redevelopment in the area,” Donofro said. “We think it will help link redevelopment in the Dixie area with redevelopment in core downtown.”
With City of Dothan and Historic Preservation Commission approval, the building can now go to the National Register for consideration. Other places on the National Register of Historic Places in Dothan include the Dothan Opera House, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Federal Courthouse, Depot building and Cherry Street AME Church.
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