Foley changes focus of Predevelopment Feasibility Study to Hamburg Building

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 8/22/18

During summer 2018, the Foley council accepted an award for an Alabama Historical Commission Grant for a Predevelopment Feasibility Study at the Cactus Café, under the condition that were the Cactus …

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Foley changes focus of Predevelopment Feasibility Study to Hamburg Building

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During summer 2018, the Foley council accepted an award for an Alabama Historical Commission Grant for a Predevelopment Feasibility Study at the Cactus Café, under the condition that were the Cactus Café to sell before the grant took effect, the focus study would switch to the Hamburg Building. Since, the Cactus Café has been purchased by the Azalea Fund. At the Aug. 20 council, Miriam Boutwell, Grant Manager, requested that the council approve the transfer of the grant to the Hamburg Building, which the council acquired earlier this year.

“This is a predevelopment grant, and whomever the consultant is that gets chosen will come in and study the Hamburg Building,” said Boutwell. “They have meetings with the public, with the staff, with the historic commission, and they will go in and look at the building to figure out potential future uses, and they will come up with some design plans as well for implementation. So hopefully we can get future grants to start doing implementation over there at the Hamburg.”

Recently, the Hamburg Building has been added to Places in Peril, an organization dedicated to helping preserve and renovate historic buildings to bring them back to life. With the Predevelopment Feasibility Study approved, the city looks forward to moving ahead with plans for the Hamburg Building to potentially restore it to an educational museum and working potato shed.