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Cherry Street Mission to buy old Macomber HS building

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A local organization is bringing new life to a building downtown that's been closed for more than 20 years. The Cherry Street Ministries is buying the former Macomber High School building on Monroe Street.

If you walk into Macomber High School, you'll find dark halls and rooms used for storage. Some say it's been a wasted space for far too long

Cherry Street Ministries' President, Dan Rogers, says it's time for the old building to give back to the community.

"It is a great opportunity for Cherry Street Ministries, because of the space under one roof that it offers," he says.

Cherry Street's operations serve nearly 300 people each and every night. Rogers says, by consolidating six of their locations under one roof, it reduces barriers for those who need their services.

"Instead of you having to get in a van and drive across town, we're now going to ask you to go across the hallway," he says. "We're actually predicting that the length of days that someone remains homeless will actually reduce dramatically, because of the barriers that are being removed from the process."

But it's going to take some work to get the old building up to par. After all, it's over 70 years old!

"We know that the roof system needs to be replaced, the heating plant needs to be replaced, and upgrades in electrical and plumbing, and we'll want sprinkler systems as well."

Rogers says the entire process of moving in will take course over the next five years.

The deal is pending an engineer's report which is expected to be completed in the next two weeks. Once that is completed, the mission will be able to estimate the full cost of the project.

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