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Town of Fayetteville working to repurpose former high school into arts hub

Local - 11/15/2013 6:00 PM by Rebecca Turco

FAYETTEVILLE - Fayetteville officials are working to repurpose a former high school into a hub for community arts and culture.

Town Superintendent Bill Lanham said the town hopes to repair the roof and then work from the top down. The three-floor building was constructed in 1923 and used as a school until it was shut down in 1999. It has been set dormant as a storage space since then.

The property was transferred from the Board of Education to the town in 2011. Town officials hope the building becomes a place where people can learn and teach. “We're just a hub of cultural and creative activity and ideas here [in Fayetteville] and I think that building can just add more value to that and…give us an area that we can utilize,” explained Lanham.

The town is accepting bids for the project. Lanham said the town secured a $25,000 grant in August from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Officials hope the community buys into the project with sweat equity.


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