Dothan historian says former city jail holds significance

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Dothan historian Wendell Stepp says he wants the city's downtown revitalization to move forward, but hopes the old city jail can be preserved. It was built in 1952.

The old jail's marble entryway and walls lead up to the former municipal courtroom. The cells that once held prisoners are used for storage.

Serving on Dothan's historic commission, Stepp says he wants to
save as many older buildings as possible.

The Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority is considering buying properties on East Main Street and North Foster Street.

Redevelopment Authority Chairman James Grant has said demolishing the old jail will give a better view of the Dothan Opera House, considered a gem of the downtown historic district.

Ultimately, the Dothan Historic Commission will consider the demolition request.

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