Downtown Dothan group ready to renovate vacant buildings

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) – Dothan city leaders are ready to see something happen with two vacant buildings downtown.

The Downtown Dothan Redevelopment Authority is reaching out to local developers to see they're interesting in renovating the Bauman and Superbad Buildings on North Foster Street.

"You know you look at a building of this magnitude and it really makes you sad it has deteriorated to a point that it is no longer safe," says Cathy Cole of the Downtown Group.

Both buildings have stood downtown for over fifty years but they have reached a point of disrepair and city leaders say they are uncertain if they can even be renovated.

"Every time it rains it gets worse and worse and eventually it's going to fall in anyway," says Jimmy Grant, Chairman of the DDRA.

For two years the Downtown Dothan Redevelopment Authority has gone back and forth about what to do with the buildings but now they're ready to finally make something happen.

"Some people want somebody to come in and develop them and I don't think it's going to happen any time soon because of the way the economy is," says Grant.

Either way the DDRA is reaching out to local developers offering them a chance to check the buildings out and propose possible plans.

"Pretty soon there is no since in waiting any longer so about two or three months," says Grant.

In April or May contractors will come before the DDRA to present ideas for development.

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