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The future of Georgia Tucker

Posted: Updated: June 28, 2013 05:17 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) West Monroe businessman and entrepreneur Paul Coburn is prepared to renovate the historic Georgia Tucker Elementary School in Monroe's Garden District into an assisted living facility.

Dianne Givvens has lived in Monroe's Garden District for almost 40 years and she says it breaks her heart every time she looks across the street and see's the condition of the historic Georgia Tucker Elementary School.

"It's molded, mildew, its timbers rotted, tiles are breaking off, vines are growing out the windows," said Dianne Givvens.

This former school built in 1920 use to be a landmark in the Monroe community.

It has sat abandoned since 1999. A West Monroe businessman Paul Coburn bought the building for a little more than $300,000 almost two years ago.

"PKC Investments plans on renovating Georgia Tucker Elementary School into a 21 unit assisted living facility. We plan on starting the construction towards the end of 2013," said Dawnn Walsworth.

Homeowners that we spoke with here in the garden district say they are glad a company is going to come and fix the building because their sad the way it looks.

"Animals do get in there, especially the raccoons, the place has been vandalized," said Givvens.

The property manager says it will take $2 million worth of repairs and renovations to return this historic building as a landmark in Monroe's Garden District community.

"We look at Georgia Tucker just like a resident. We can restore it, we can bring that building back to its younger glory and it can still be something important to everyone that still lives in North Monroe, who can keep those memories alive," said Walsworth.

Paul Coburn had plans to renovate Georgia Tucker last year but the project was put on hold while he focused on other projects. He says now is the time to get Georgia Tucker up and running.

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