Family offers free building for jobs promise

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OAK RIDGE, La. (AP) - The family that owns a renovated 89-year-old school building in Oak Ridge is offering it free to anyone who will finish restoring it and use it to create jobs in the city of 29,300.

CenturyLink founder Clarke Williams bought the vacant Oak Ridge High School building and spent about $2 million restoring it before his death in 2002.

Williams’ son-in-law, Harvey Perry, tells The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/RG578T ) that Williams did not have any fixed plans for the building.

The 22,000-square-foot, four-level building was completed in 1925 and graduated its first class in 1926.

The biggest impediment to marketing the building for business is that it’s in a very rural area of Morehouse Parish.

Renovations included restoring the exterior, stripping most of the interior to the studs, and installing an elevator.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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