City abandons Coombs library plans

Drawing of the proposed conversion of Coombs House to a city library.

Drawing of the proposed conversion of Coombs House to a city library.

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Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 09:31 AM.

Editor’s Note: In view of the current search for as larger home for the Apalachicola Municipal Library, this January 1991 article from the Times may hold some points of interest. Of course, we all know what happened to the Coombs House.

In a dramatic reversal, Tuesday night, the Apalachicola City Commission voted unanimously to abandon plans to restore historic Coombs house for use as a library.

Commissioner Rose McCoy set the tone for the decision, citing the perilous financial condition the city is in. She feared that the city would be placing an impossible burden on itself, especially considering the current economic and political instability.

“I was real excited,” she said sardonically, “when we were able to sit down and pay all the city’s bills up through November.”

The abrupt decision immediately followed a report from Clark Holmes, a member of the library board and of the Historic Apalachicola Foundation. Holmes stated that three grants were involved in completing the Coombs Library project.

The first coming from the Department of Historic Resources for the beginning work of restoration. That $240,000 grant had already been approved by DHR, but still faced legislative and administrative approval.

The second major grant, in the neighborhood of $200,000, would come from the state library commission for the purpose of converting the structure for use as a library. That money, Holmes said, had yet to be approved and probably no action would be taken on the grant application until April.

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