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PANAMA CITY — City officials are seeking a $500,000 state restoration grant for the 95-year-old St. Andrews School, aiming to preserve local history and secure a spot on the National Register of Historical Places.

The Historic Preservation Special Category Grant would require a $500,000 match from the city. The $1 million would be used to repair the school’s roof, fire suppression system, doors, and plumbing and electrical systems.

The 95-year-old St. Andrews School, shown on Tuesday, could see repairs and renovation as the city seeks a $500,000 state grant.

City commissioners approved the grant application during their Tuesday meeting. Commissioner Joshua Street said the grant will be the first step in restoring the school which the city acquired after Hurricane Michael. City officials said they do not know when the state will make its decision on the grant. 

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“St. Andrews School is a multi-phase restoration process, and what we took action on today is for a historical grant for preservation of the school and it equates to about a million dollars,” Street said. “That includes the city matching $500,000 of that, should we secure it.”

The 95-year-old St. Andrews School, shown on Tuesday, could see repairs and renovation as the city seeks a $500,000 state grant.

The goal of the restoration is to open the school for community events. The school already is being used for the rebuild of the 145-year-old Governor Stone, a schooner that is the last of its kind. 

“The goal is to take it back to being a community center, a place where the community will gather and so this includes money for the roof, electrical, fire suppression system, plumbing, some of the very needed components that we have to have to allow people to get back into the facility.”

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