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A free building in Oak Ridge waiting to be given away

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OAK RIDGE, La. (KNOE 8 News)- There's a free building in Oak Ridge just waiting to be given to anyone who will restore it.

The old Oak Ridge High School is up for grab and Joe Rolf is looking for someone to move in and preserve it and also provide job opportunities for the town. There isn't a for sale sign outside because.

"They get the building and the land for free," Rolfe said.

Joe graduated from this school in 1968, a year before it closed in 69. The building opened it's doors in 1925, graduating it's first class in 1926.

Over the years the building has served many purposes, but in the early 90's oak ridge graduate and century link founder Clarke Williams bought and began restoring it.

Williams died in 2002 and since then work has stopped. Skeletons of walls are in place just waiting for the sheet rock to cover them.

The Williams family wants to give the property to anyone who can turn this building into a profit. They just need to pay the bill to finish it. Joe believes it's wide open for anything.

The building has already received of $2.5 million in renovations.

Joe doesn't have a year to find someone to take  on the property, if no one comes forward the building will likely be torn down by the Williams family.

Blueprints for the restoration process are awaiting the new owner.

Rolfe says the williams family will likely decide what to do if no one comes forward by the end of this year.

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