DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Moody Hospital building, located on North Alice Street, opened in the early 1900s and operated for nearly 50 years before closing, and since then it hasn’t been very useful.

“So the building is a historic structure and unfortunately it’s in a state of disrepair today,” City Manager Kevin Cowper said.

In most cases, an antique building would possibly be torn down however, commissioners and the Banyan Foundation have a plan to revitalize the building for good use.

“So the historic structure itself will be converted into housing units and then a second structure will be built on the property as well,” Cowper said.

At Tuesday’s commission meeting, commissioners approved to devote $1.6 million dollars to the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority for property acquisition.

“Frankly, a lot of these projects are just not feasible without the use of special financial techniques and in this case, it will utilize tax credits that are available and it will close the financial gap,” He said.

Cowper said the city has lost pieces of history in the past and they couldn’t afford to lose another one that was so meaningful to the Dothan community.

“Fortunately, this is a building we can preserve as a part of our heritage not only will we be able to preserve it but we can put it to productive use such as senior housing and it will be much similar to Howell school building,” He added.

City manager Kevin Cowper said if everything goes as planned, you will see the finished outcome two years from now.