Give museum chance to save warehouse

Published 10:17 pm Friday, February 5, 2016

Old Depot Museum director Beth Spivey has a plan to save a historic rail warehouse next to the museum. Spivey has asked the city council to give her two years to restore the building with some TLC. Before Spivey expressed interest in the building the city had considered allowing a construction company to tear it down and sell it for scrap.

We can’t see a reason why Spivey shouldn’t be given some time to see what she can do with the warehouse. She has done wonders during her tenure at the museum, and we expect she and an army of other museum volunteers would get the building up to form in short time.

Selma has a hundreds of historic buildings, and, unfortunately, the reality is they all can’t be saved. But when someone is volunteering to make an effort to save one, they should be given a chance. Especially since there is no other compelling reason to tear it down right away. Selma could also use a facility that is affordable and could host large functions with hundreds of people. This building could do that.

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