Century-Old Building to be Demolished

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

PAGE COUNTY -- The Preserve our School Foundation is asking the Page County Board of Supervisors to preserve a building that is more than a century old.

"Recycling is what our aim is," said Cornelia Graves Spain, who is a volunteer with the Preserve our School Foundation.

Graves Spain's father attended school in the building. It once served a school for the Town of Luray. It is now the county's office building.

"I'm hoping that we can get the stay of execution on this building, just so long as to study it," said Graves Spain.

"We interviewed over three hundred people, 298 of them said the building should be preserved and 12 said tear it down," said Chester Taylor, who is the President of the Preserve our School Foundation.

Construction is underway at the county office building. The Page County Board of Supervisors is hoping to make the old building into a parking lot.

"At that time, those folks that are in this building...the old building would move over there. That saves us a move, we don't have to find temporary space for em'. At that point, this building would be demolished," said Darrell Short who is a Page County Supervisor.

There are signs around the building warning employees in the building that walking into some rooms could lead to cancer and lung disease, due to the levels of asbestos.

"This isn't a matter of let's have some glitzy glamorous new building. This has really become a matter of a safety issue," said Short.

Short welcomes the public to Tuesday's Page County Board of Supervisors meeting, where an official request to preserve this building will be made.


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