High Springs Building Restoration On Hold
Efforts to refurbish High Springs Elementary are on hold due to a lack of funding.
City officials have been trying to restore the building, which was closed in 1983, since 1991. In the past three years, $700,000 has been spent on the building's restoration. Some of that money came from the state's historic preservation grant. But only the school's exterior had been completed when that money froze last year, leaving a lot to be done on the inside, including rewiring, plumbing and rebuilding some of the walls.
"It's our goal to hopefully see the interior of the building completed within the next two years," High Springs City Manager Jim Drumm said.
Drumm estimated that will cost another $400,000. Some access to funding will come in January, thanks to the passage of the "Wild Spaces Public Places" sales tax.
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