Morris Brown College building avoids auction

ATLANTA (AP) - Morris Brown College's Jordan Hall has avoided the auction block for now.

The building contains classrooms and the Ruth Hall Hodges Art Gallery. It was set to be auctioned on the Fulton County Courthouse steps Tuesday to satisfy several liens against the property by the city of Atlanta, a real estate broker and a plumbing contractor.

Spokeswoman Bunnie Jackson-Ransom says the school is now negotiating the terms of their agreements with the lienholders.

The 127-year-old college has been fighting for its survival. The school was nearly shuttered after the city demanded in full a $380,000 overdue water bill.

More than 240 students are expected to return to campus when classes resume Friday.

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