|The (third) Madison County Courthouse, demolished in the late 1960s to make way for the current Courthouse. (Photo: City of Huntsville)|
|The former First National Bank building on |
West Side Square. (Photo: James Vandiver)
A bank operated in this building on West Side Square from 1835 to 2010, when Regions Bank closed their branch. Since then, the City of Huntsville and Big Spring Partners (BSP) have maintained the building, leasing the offices to local companies and organizations as well as using the lobby for events. With BSP now all but disbanded and replaced by a private business association, the City wants the building to be put to better use, and preferably not under City control.
- Open an "Arts Bank"
Not a bad idea, but it’ll cost a lot of money to renovate and maintain the building, and it’s unlikely that the City will pick up the tab. The participating arts groups would likely have to raise the funds to operate the Bank.
- Create a "Museum of Huntsville"
East Clinton Elementary School
|The art deco entrance of East Clinton School. (Photo: James Vandiver)|
- Arts Center
- Community Center
Annie Merts Center
|The Annie Merts Center (Photo: City of Huntsville)|
This building at the edge of Old Town used to be Huntsville Middle School, and before that it was Huntsville High School. In the 1980s, the building was converted to the main offices for Huntsville City Schools. The school system has expressed a desire to move out of the facility to a new location.
- Convert to Condos
- Revert to School
- Move the County Courthouse
|The existing Madison County Courthouse. (Photo: James Vandiver)|
In the near future, it is likely that the Courthouse (as well as City Hall) will be relocated to new buildings, as the cost of maintaining the buildings becomes more than building anew.