Progress to be Made on Three Abandoned Structures in Dothan

By: Rachel Yonkunas
By: Rachel Yonkunas

The future of three abandoned structures is being evaluated in Dothan.

The Saints Apartments are closer to demolition. The Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority discussed the property Wednesday afternoon. DDRA members are planning to demolish the structure, sometime mid June of this year. Their next step is to get quotes from demolition crews, as well as the city’s landfill. They will bring more details to their next meeting on April 16th.

Another building in Downtown Dothan is on the chopping block. The Booker Building on East Main Street has been on the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority’s radar for about four years Structural reports showed it would take more to restore the building than to demolish it. However, unlike Saints Apartments, Executive Director of the DDRA Jansen Tidmore said they would like to see something new built there.

“We do believe that that lot is very important for a structure for downtown, so our board is looking to market that site for development. We hope to see a new structure built there,” explained Tidmore.

The DDRA must get approval from the Historic Preservation Commission before moving forward with demolition.

When approaching the intersection of Main Street and South Oates Street in Dothan, you may have noticed a few piles of bricks lying on the side of the road. They were part of a project to turn a cement wall into a brick wall. However, it never got done. Now, the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority is finishing the long overdue structure.

“Taking some of the spaces that are available to us and renewing them, revitalizing them, is what we are looking for and this is another opportunity: taking this ugly wall and making it look new,” explained James McGhee, member of the DDRA.

They plan to have the project completed before next week's U.S. – China Manufacturing Symposium.

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