Downtown Dothan Face-Lift

Just one week after Dothan’s downtown redevelopment authority was given $350,000 by the city commission, they've put the money to use.

Members of the downtown redevelopment board announced they are purchasing a piece of property to help clean up the area.

The Seact Building on East Main Street in downtown Dothan is the first property to be purchased by Dothan’s downtown redevelopment board.

Its dilapidated look has made it an eye soar for downtown revelers says, the boards chairman former mayor James Grant.

"We will be taking that down and we will have a green area on that side of Main Street... Behind that we will have parking... I think parking is very important downtown," says Grant.

A commodity that board members say may help the Old Bank Building on north Foster Street sell, and eventually open up for business of some kind.

Several buyers have lined up, but lack of parking has made them turn away.

Another building board members have similar plans for is the old jail adjacent to the opera house.

DRA Member, Letetia Jackson says "The old jail is not in great condition and we believe it will enhance the opera house and its beauty by tearing the building down and being able to have better access to the building."

But buying to tear down is not the only thing the board looks to do.

The board is also looking at trying to renovate some rundown property's if possible, especially historical ones.

And board members have also pledged their support for a new library.

Sharon Baker, supports new library, says "A new library can be a foundation for downtown and it should be the cornerstone of this community because it is about education."

Whatever the cornerstone of downtown redevelopment is, those tasked with kick starting redevelopment efforts say they'll do their best to pump life back into downtown.

In addition to purchasing more property the city has also obtained a facade grant to help property owners fix up the visual aspects of their buildings.

It gives them 50 percent of the money needed.


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