Kentuck Arts Center temporarily moving due to bats

Kentuck Arts Center temporarily moving due to bats

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Everything inside the Kentuck Arts Center in Northport is being moved so that crews can clean up after bats were discovered in the building. Everything inside the Kentuck Arts Center in Northport is being moved so that crews can clean up after bats were discovered in the building.
Exterminators say everything in the building has to be removed so the clean up can take place. Exterminators say everything in the building has to be removed so the clean up can take place.
NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) -

Lots of organizations move because they need more space or they want to reduce their rent.

But the Kentuck Arts Center in Northport says it's bailing out to avoid bats. The bats, which are smaller than a human hand, were discovered in the building over the weekend.

On Saturday, someone inside their main building saw the bats flying around the ceiling. It appears they made a home in the second floor of the building.

The bats and their droppings can carry serious diseases, so the group is moving out of the arts center temporarily.

People have been boxing up items for the move since talking to exterminators. They'll be in a nearby building until the bat problem is solved.

Exterminators say everything in the building has to be removed so the clean up can take place. Removing bat droppings releases spores that make people sick.

Shweta Gamble, Kentuck's executive director, explained the bind this puts the arts group in.

"We don't want to leave anything because we just don't know about the residue from the cleanup," Gamble said.

"We don't want anything to get contaminated. We don't want any artwork, nothing. We are not leaving anything in there," she added.

Gamble says the cleanup will be expensive. She's hoping supporters will help pay the bill.

Also, while FOX6 News was at Kentuck, Northport Mayor Bobby Herndon showed up.

He encouraged Gamble to appear before the Northport City Council on Monday and make a request for financial help.

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