Over the last several months, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners have received reports and heard from citizens regarding the preservation of the Lake Hall Schoolhouse.
During the June 14th Board meeting, elected officials voted 5-1, with Commissioner Proctor in opposition, to authorize the county to purchase property at 4664 Thomasville Road for $425,000.
The approved agreement between the county and the proprietor states the county will pay an “option fee” of $20,000 to the landowner. The county then has 12 months to purchase the property. The initial $20,000 will be detracted from the $425,000 at closing if the land is bought.
The Thomasville Road parcel is needed to facilitate any efforts to restore the schoolhouse and open it to the public as a historical exhibit.
Additional costs, including the architectural restoration of the schoolhouse and construction of supporting infrastructure and facilities, would also be needed, for a total estimated acquisition and construction cost of $3.3 million. However, grant funding may be available to offset some of these costs, and the nonprofit Friends of the Lake Hall School organization has committed to seeking grants to support.
An amendment made by Commissioners Dozier and Proctor will have county staff reach out to the Leon County School Board and the City Commission regarding their commitment to assisting in funding the Lake Hall School House restoration.