- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute has temporarily closed for building repairs.

Institute spokeswoman Melissa Snow-Clark said in a statement that the building closed Tuesday and will remain closed to the public and staff through Nov. 3. Institute President and CEO Andrea Taylor says contractors will be addressing water leaks and working to seal gaps in the building’s walls.

Taylor says contractors need full access to the building for between 10 days and two weeks and the situation is beyond the control of the institute’s leaders. Taylor says officials have contacted those who scheduled group tours and facility rentals to let them know the building is closed.

Taylor says the institute’s staff regrets the inconvenience and the repairs will help them better serve the public.

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