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Decision on East Clinton School Building Delayed

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WZDX) - Developer Bob Broadway withdrew his request to make changes to the building after ethical issues arose at the Historic Preservation Commission meeting Monday evening.

"I would like to withdraw until we get the ruling from the Commission," Broadway said to the group.

The historic art deco style school building was closed when Blossomwood Elementary opened nearby.

Broadway hoped to present two options for the site at the meeting Monday evening, but Commission members Danny Wiginton and Peter Lowe have current and/or past business dealings with Broadway and it is unclear whether or not they can vote on the matter.

City Attorney Peter Joffrion did not give a definitive answer.

"If that's not a direct financial interest to you, if that's not something that accrues directly to you, then as the ethics laws are worded that should not be a violation; but I cannot make that decision for you," he told the group.

Both options include preserving at least part of the school. Option A would preserve the entire front of the building with eleven homes encircling the property. The front portion could then be turned into condominiums.

Option B would preserve the front center portion of the building, opening up two more lots for homes. The structure could then be used for a local non-profit.

Neither option can happen until the Historic Preservation Commission approves the plan and with this delay, the earliest that could happen is next month. Broadway says he will seek an answer from the Alabama Ethics Commission and hopes to see the item back on the agenda at the May meeting.

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