Huntsville Seeks Your Help with Downtown Buildings

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HUNTSVILLE Ala. - The city of Huntsville will hold a public meeting Monday to get input on what to do with several historic buildings downtown.

For the past month, the city has been requesting public feedback on the website ImagineHuntsville.com in regards to three downtown buildings described as "in transition".

"I would hate to see them vacant. They should be used for something," said Huntsville resident Clay Miles.

Historic buildings in downtown Huntsville are part of the city's charm, some dating back centuries. As those buildings become vacant, the city is asking the public what to do with the locations.

"I think seeking public opinion first and then actually doing something about it is a lot better than doing something and seeking the public opinion afterwards," James Lomax said.

Hundreds of comments have been left on the site as people debate the best future for the Old Regions Bank, the Annie Merts Center, and East Clinton Elementary School.

"The Regions Bank building would make and excellent visitors center," Miles said.

"Bring in something fun like a game center, bowling alley or movie theatre of some sort," Lomax said.

"Regions Bank could become a real upscale restaurant if someone renovated it to be that type of thing," Craig Lamar said.

All three buildings are listed on historic registries and any plans will require committee approvals for the purpose of maintaining the historical value of the sites.

The public meeting will be held Monday March 25th at the Old Regions Bank building on Jefferson Street at 5p.m.


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