The Georgia Trust

2012 PLACES IN PERIL: SECONDARY INDUSTRIAL HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

THE STORY
Centrally located in the Waverly Terrace community of Columbus, this Beaux Arts masonry school building was constructed in 1906. It was the first school in the nation to combine vocational and academic courses in a public school system. The Muscogee County Board of Education has voted to use a special option local sales tax to redevelop the building to house alternative education programs. Secondary Industrial School's rehabilitation could have a catalytic effect on the surrounding community and its revitalization.

THE THREAT
Redevelopment plans have been halted as funds for the rehabilitation of the building may not be available for five to ten years, leaving the building vacant and susceptible to further decay.

SOLUTION
Work with Historic Columbus Foundation and the Muscogee County Board of Education to find ways to expedite the redevelopment of the school building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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