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Gadsden Co. commissioners meet to go over plans for Stevens School site

Gadsden Co. commissioners meet to go over plans for Stevens School site
Gadsden Co. commissioners meet to go over plans for Stevens School site
Posted at 5:38 PM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 14:16:45-05

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Gadsden County commissioners are set to meet with residents to go over plans Monday night for the site of a historic school in Quincy that burned down earlier this year.

The meeting is set to happen at the Campbell-Kelly Community Center.

A local committee wants to turn the site into a multi-use facility that will breathe new life into a location full of history.

Commissioner Sherrie Taylor says the county has just about half a million dollars in insurance funds to make the vision a reality. A committee has come up with four types of services to house at the facility: a substation for Quincy police, a satellite location for healthcare, a business incubator and an education training site for children.

Taylor says bringing these resources to the community is desperately needed.

"It's extremely important," said Taylor. "I mean, I am a product of that school, as well as my family members, my community, my friends, my church members. A lot of people from the community has gone to Stevens School. A lot of great leaders have come out of that school and have done extremely well here, so it's very important that we go back, rebuild it, and again provide services that's needed now."

The school cafeteria was spared in the fire. So, the idea is to add on to that building to make room for the new services. Taylor says the goal is to start seeing the project come to life in six to eight months and more meetings are planned to keep the community in the loop.