Unity Center future possibilites examined

November 15, 2011 • Local News

The Buildings and Lands Committee will examine three possibilities concerning the building located at 1500 W. College Blvd., which most recently housed the Unity Center, according to City Councilor Jason Perry, who is chair of the committee. These three considerations include restoring, demolishing or selling the building. Perry said the committee will start looking into these options in the very near future in order to make preparations for the upcoming budget year.

“If we were to have a viable, useable building here on these premises, is this the right spot for the building to be? If we’re looking at the necessity of needing a large building for city use would that be money well spent in another location, is a consideration also for me,” Perry said.

The approximate cost of demolishing the building is nearly $500,000. Charlie Purcell, building official for the city, estimated the cost of refurbishing the building to code would run the city around $1.5 million. He based this number off a cost of $100 per square foot. In the end, the city council will make the final determination on what will happen to the building.

On Monday afternoon, city councilors, workers and officials toured the 14,000-square-foot building, which has hosted the old Roswell Airport, the police Login to read more

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