Newton calls it dire, an emergency and is surprised it hasn't happened already. "We've
been told we're fortunate the roof hasn't collapsed by now," said Newton.
beam supporting the roof in one of the buildings on the old cotton gin
manufacturing property is on its last leg. The rotting beam is just below a huge
hole on the building facing west.
heads up the Historic Prattville Redevelopment Authority. HPRA will accept bids
Monday afternoon from contractors to replace the beam; public money used for
emergency work on private property.. Newton says HPRA has that authority. Since
public money is being used a public hearing is set for Monday afternoon at
4 at the Prattville Chamber of Commerce.
have the right to go in and assist property owners if it's a matter of public
benefit. We have the right to assist developers for economic development and
tourism," said Newton.
two developers continue to look at the property. Longstreet Capital out of
Georgia and another group in Texas. Both have similar plans to turn the
buildings into loft apartments.
of the buildings on the 32 acre site predate the Civil War. In short, they're
old. It's the main reason why any real progress has taken much longer than
a development process. It often costs more and longer than you think,"
The emergency repairs will cost around $35,000. As to when the selected contractor can begin his job, Newton says 'the sooner the better.'
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