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Owner of former Social Security building addresses proposed lease with Birmingham

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L-R: Reporter Christy Hutchings and Franklin Haney. Source: WBRC video L-R: Reporter Christy Hutchings and Franklin Haney. Source: WBRC video
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The owner of the old social security building is in Birmingham and clearing up what he says is "wrong information" about a possible deal with the city.

Franklin Haney and the mayor's staff have been working on a proposal that would sell floors of the building to the city that would house the new police and fire administrative offices.

"We've worked with the fire and police people and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars laying out all of their plans," said Haney.

Haney feels this would be a perfect fit for him and the city. But he says the price tag floating around is wrong.

"Our proposal has never changed. It's under $50 million. It's not $136 million," he said.

Haney claims the city won't be leasing the building either as previously stated.

"The city will own it from day one," said Haney.

As for those campaign contributions, Haney says he has donated to some of the candidates but that it's his right to do so as long as he discloses his donations, which he has.

"Politics should never be able to do anything for you. If it's not the best deal and I know these people personally and they're not going to vote for me if I don't have the best space, the cheapest space, and they get to own it," said Haney.

FOX6 News is still working to get clarity about how the city can own floors, but not the entire building.

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