Workers are expected to begin asbestos removal soon at the Saints Apartments in downtown Dothan following the purchase of the building by Houston County and the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority.
Final purchase price of the building was $194,780. The county contributed $100,000 to the cost, the DDRA added $60,000 and Five-Star Credit Union made a $40,000 contribution toward the purchase price. That left a little more than $5,000 to go toward asbestos abatement.
DDRA Executive Director Jansen Tidmore said he has met with some apartment tenants to discuss alternate living options. All tenants are expected to be out of the apartments by April 1. With its $100,000 contribution, Houston County has the first right to determine potential uses for the building, although there has been no final determination.
In other action Wednesday, the DDRA:
» Entered into executive session for 50 minutes to discuss legal action involving the Booker Building downtown. The DDRA has been involved in a lawsuit with the building’s owner since 2010 due to a dispute over the value of the building. A Houston County judge recently ordered the case into mediation. The authority came out of executive session with no action being taken.
» Announced there will be a public hearing before the Historical Preservation Commission on March 14 at 4 p.m. to discuss placement of the old Howell School building on the National Register of Historic Places.
» Agreed to deed an additional parcel of land at the old Bama Want Ads building to Houston County for the purpose of reconfiguring the county parking lot across from the Houston County Courthouse. The updated lot will increase the number of parking spaces from 79 to 82 and will provide additional green space and landscaping throughout the lot. The reconfiguration will also change entrance and exit points, with one entrance into the lot off West Main Street and one exit off North Oates Street.
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