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Council paves way for city of Abilene to acquire Lincoln Middle School

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 01 2012 12:01:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2012 05:57:41 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

City council members voted Thursday to transfer the Lincoln Middle School building from Abilene ISD to the city of Abilene.

Previously, no one wanted to purchase the building from the Abilene Independent School District. The school district approved transferring the facility to the city of Abilene.

The city would like to apply for a grant to cleanup the site, which would  knock down the cost by around $250,000, according to the city.

The city wants to preserve the historic landmark. They would like the community to give input on the building and what purpose it could serve. 

"So, I think we've got to vision what the future holds," Abilene Mayor, Norm Archibald said. "I think we need to work to make it happen."

Council members encourage the community to voice their opinions, especially councilman Anthony Williams.

"The people of Abilene will have the determination of what will become of this building," Williams said. "I think that this provides a good opportunity for conversation throughout the community."

A public meeting on Lincoln Middle School, which Mayor Norm Archibald will lead, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at City Hall. It will focus on the grant application process and allow residents to voice their concerns.