Apalachicola envisions library at Chapman Schools

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 04:48 PM.

“Since obtaining permission from the county to include the school in this year’s Tour of Homes, there has been an outpour of community interest in seeing the building restored,” she said.

Greene was asked by Apalachicola resident Bobby Miller about how ongoing utility and maintenance fees would be covered. She said she was not yet in a position to make those determinations as librarian. Miller also suggested that the value of having a cardiologist in town needed to be weighed against that of a library.

“We’re all up against historical preservation,” said Johnson. “This is an 80-year piece of our history.”

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation two years ago listed the site among Florida’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites. In addition, during the 36th annual conference of the Florida Trust held in Tampa this year, the Trust announced the school was identified as a success for ongoing preservation funding efforts.

Last year, Kara J. Litvinas, a graduate student in historic preservation at the University of Florida, wrote a thesis on Chapman’s adaptive use as a partial fulfillment of the requirements for her master’s degree in historic preservation.

“In the case of Apalachicola, the reuse of Chapman School is just one example of a type of catalyst project that could spark positive community growth,” she wrote.

Under the state’s Rural Economic Development Imitative, the city benefits from a waiver of any matching requirement for the $497,000 grant.

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