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City of Huntsville proceeds with plans to purchase East Clinton Elementary School

May 17, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) -The City of Huntsville is moving forward with a contract to purchase East Clinton Elementary School from the Huntsville City School System.

Mayor Tommy Battle and Council President Mark Russell have been working a "Plan B" option for the historic property after a proposal from a local developer to redevelop the site fell through.

Public input and comments from the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission showed a desire to preserve the original structure and to retain the school's 4 acre park setting in the heart of the Old Town historic district.

"When the first option to develop the property expired, we began negotiations with Huntsville City Schools to provide a solution that met the community's needs and desires," said Mayor Battle. "We have decided the best plan is for the City to purchase the property and sell it to Providence School with green space easements."

The easements deeded to the City will protect green space around the building and allow part of it to be shared for public use as a park. Should Providence School close or decide to sell in the future, the City of Huntsville will have the first right of refusal to repurchase the property.

"This appears to be the best possible solution," said Mayor Battle. "What needs to be saved will be saved, and we are doing something to preserve the property for the future with a productive use for the community."

Mayor Battle emphasized that there are still details to be worked out before the transactions are finalized.

"It isn't a done deal yet, but for the community's sake this is the best option to move forward."


For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov

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