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Forum Held to Discuss Controversial RSA Building

Community members voice their concerns over a controversial downtown building project. Community members voice their concerns over a controversial downtown building project.

A packed room voiced their concerns and it seemed there were two efforts: The RSA's plans to preserve the Old Supreme Court building and others' desires to protect the view of historic Dexter Avenue.

One concerned representative said of the plans, "The capitol is no longer the most important thing."

One possible compromise mentioned in the meeting was to tear down the building. "We believe the view is primary of the two," said David Braley with the Landmarks Foundation.

"It's interesting most people would want to save a building and others would want to save a view," said Ron Blount with The Retirement Systems of Alabama.

While no solution was reached, they did agree to work toward continuing conversations about a compromise. "There could be further dialogue that could be good for the project," said Blount.

The solution will have to be a delicate balance of preserving history and progressing toward the future. "I think we could come up with some really good ideas if we could have some communications," said Braley.

RSA officials say, because of construction deadlines, a compromise would have to come in the next 30 days. Another solution might come from the Legislature which convenes in three weeks.

Representative Barry Mask was at Monday's forum and said he plans to ask other legislators to weigh in on the issue.

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