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"This building was built in 1903 by Dr. Wyatt Alexander. The Chamber purchased it in the 1980's and now it is our official home."

The Alexander Building was in need of a facelift.

"This building was drab, dark and just very out of date. It had not been renovated in more than 30 years," County Commissioner June Merritt said.

"There were some structural concerns. It got to the point if we didn't renovate the building now, we weren't going to be able to renovate it at all," Chamber Director Marshall Hooks said.

The renovations took more than a year but finally paid off.

"It's not something that happened overnight and we are just thrilled that it's finally finished," Merritt said.

"We hope for the building to last another 110 years," Hooks said.

The Chamber originally planned to move in a few weeks ago.

"There was a short in one of the wire boxes and our elevator was constantly calling 911 every 10-15 minutes so we had to wait for them to come put in a new box," Hooks said.

They hope the Herbert and Meade Bynum Conference Center will bring the community together and bring visitors into the square.

"It's really exciting for me because I'm one of the youngest Chamber of Commerce Executives in the state. Not many chamber executives in the state have an opportunity to do what I’ve done, to see what I've seen," Hooks said.

He likes what he sees and hopes it will be a building block to a better future for Blakely.

Next month renovations will start on the new County Administration Building and the Blakely Theater.


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