Birmingham will be allowed to renovate Ensley building into public safety complex

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The City of Birmingham’s plan to house a public safety complex is back on track after a judge ordered they can now renovate and stabilize the Ramsay McCormack building instead of demolishing it.

Both the plaintiff and the defendant (Birmingham) in the lawsuit regarding the demolition of the abandoned Ramsay McCormack Building filed a joint motion to alter, amend or vacate the order that would have forced the City of Birmingham to demolish the building. The city had just announced plans to renovate and locate a public safety complex in the building when a judge ordered it to be demolished as a result of the 2012 lawsuit.

The public safety complex would house the municipal courts as well as the police and fire departments.

Now, the city, which owns the building, must renovate the entire interior, exterior, and completely stabilize the building. Renovations must start on or before Feb. 10. of 2017, and be finished in by Feb. 10 of 2019.

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