City of Ozark takes control of Flowers Center

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OZARK, AL (WSFA) - The Flowers Center in Ozark is under new ownership today.

This morning the city school board agreed to deed the building to the city so it could receive some much needed repairs.

The Flowers Center is currently closed for business but soon the doors will reopen.

The city of Ozark is taking over ownership of the building from the city school system.

In the deal the city gets the building and the school system gets city land for a bus maintenance facility.

"We began our discussion with the Ozark city school board and developed this cooperative agreement which is certainly a win-win for all of us,' says Ozark Mayor Billy Blackwell.

Rising costs and low funding made it hard for the school system to complete needed improvements at the center.

It was during the winter last year when more problems were discovered that forced officials to close the doors.

"We had no choice but to close it, we didn't have the money to make the needed repairs,' explained Mike Lenhart, superintendent for the Ozark City School system.

The building needs repairs to the roof, heating and cooling system, and minor structural repairs.

When work is complete the city plans to reopen it as a performing arts center.

The city council is still working out the financial details of the cost for all the repairs.

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