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Panel taps historic house for African American cultural center
Thursday, October 2, 2008 by Kimberly Reeves
The African-American Resource Advisory Commission clarified its stand last night on Detrick-Hamilton House, which has been identified as the likely location for the city’s proposed African-American Cultural and Heritage Facility.
At today’s meeting, City Council is expected to authorize the negotiation of a $400,000 contract with the Urban Renewal Agency to provide maintenance and upkeep of property within the East 11th and
Like every project within the district, multiple boards signed off on the decision to remove an unstable addition and renovate the Detrick-Hamilton House. One of the first slaves freed in
At last night’s meeting, the AARAC clarified it wanted to move forward with renovation of the house as quickly as possible, instead of packaging the renovation with the rest of construction on Block 16. Under the proposal – which still must go to Council – construction of the building could start in the second quarter of 2009, almost a year sooner than might be expected if the house was demolished or was included in the overall construction package for Block 16.
The renovation of the Detrick-Hamilton House will not be cheap. According to an early cost estimate presented to the AARAC in
All told, the estimated cost is $2.4 million. In its motion in
According to documentation presented at last night’s AARAC meeting, the anticipated timeline for stabilizing the Detrick-Hamilton House would be next March.
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