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Alms House won't be taken down

August 17, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

The Alms House, a historic building in the 200 block of North Locust Street, won't be taken down even though the city had planned to do so to make room for more parking.

City Community Development Manager Larry Bayer said two garages that are collapsing near the historic building will be taken down, but the house itself will be saved. He said he received calls of concern after a story about the property appeared in The Herald-Mail.

At Tuesday's City Council work session, the council gave the go-ahead to begin marketing the property, which is owned by the city. According to a document prepared for Tuesday's meeting, the building could be reused for business.

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