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City Considers Demolition of Houston-Love Memorial Library

By: Bethany Anderson Email
By: Bethany Anderson Email

The Dothan Historic Preservation Commission is considering tearing down the Houston-Love Memorial Library and building two new ones instead. A new building would replace the current library, and the other one would be built on Westgate Parkway.

The request was made on Wednesday by the library's director, Betty Forbus, who said the Library isn't safe.

"We have a cracked roof, we have 1940's plumbing and wiring, we have asbestos in parts of the building," Forbus said. "The building isn't safe, and the contractor's I've spoken with say it would be nearly impossible to bring it up to code."

Forbus also said the Library doesn't have the layout of a library, since it was originally built as a school.

"We're having to double our employees, simply because of the floor plan, " Forbus said. "It's not practical, it's not up-to-date and it's not serving our public appropriately," she said.

While Forbus wants to rebuild, Edward Vaughn, the Dothan Historic Preservation President, disagrees. He wants to preserve the building and hopes the cost is within the city's budget.

"We have to really consider these structures before we destroy them," Edward said. "Sometimes you can't put a price on history," he said.

If the plan is approved, employees from the Houston-Love Library would be distributed among both buildings.


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