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What to do with the historic Lowndes Co. Courthouse?

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

   The historic Lowndes County courthouse is a prominent landmark in Valdosta, but it has sat empty since the new judicial complex was built in 2010.

Now, the Lowndes County Historic Courthouse Preservation Committee is helping decide what to do with the building.  

"We're engaged in the process of trying to figure out a good, legitimate, relevant, legal use for the courthouse," said Arthur McLane, chairman of the committee.

Monya Webb has lived in Valdosta her whole life. She once owned a shop near the courthouse and said she'd like to see the courthouse's rooms rented out.

"I used to admire the beauty of the building', and then when they closed it I felt sad. I feel like they need to open it back up and use it somehow with renting' out offices either to local people or to the lawyers, but just keep it closed up," said Webb.

Natasha Fast works downtown and says it would be great to see the courthouse used as a tourist center to promote Valdosta and help downtown grow. "With all the traffic from 75, the university traffic, a lot of people don't know that we have a downtown; that we're tryin' to build the downtown."

Arthur McLane also believes putting the courthouse back in use is vital to the city.   "I think it would, regardless of what use is put in the courthouse. I think it would have some beneficial benefits to the downtown area."  

The public can submit ideas to the Lowndes County Commissioners Office until June 30th. Four to six weeks after that, the committee will present a final list of idea to County Commissioners who will decide the future of this piece of Lowndes County's past.

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