Old Post Office plans will benefit community

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2002

After several months of speculation, a plan is in place for the renovation and use of the old Post Office building in downtown Troy.

The building will become the home of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and the Troy Arts Council, and plans call for the addition of an open gallery or meeting space and creation of workspaces for Pike County artisans.

Once finished, the building could become an incubator for the growing arts community here in Pike County.

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We think the compromise plan is a good one.

As Mayor Jimmy Lunsford pointed out, the arts community here is growing and developing. The arts council has become a viable and active organization, yet it still "operates" of volunteers’ homes. The group is long overdue a suitable office space. The old Post Office building will work well, and renovation plans call for the creation of a much-needed gallery space to highlight local works and traveling exhibits.

And, while the Chamber will miss its high-profile location at the Pioneer Museum, the staff can provide the oversight and operation expertise needed to keep the Old Post Office building operating efficiently and effectively. Moreover, the Chamber can manage the planned public meeting space, an area well-suited for small meetings or receptions.

The challenge now lies in raising the estimated $500,000 needed to renovate and rehab the building. Organizers have called for a community effort, and that will only happen if more people take ownership in the project.

It’s an achievable goal, and one that is truly an investment in our community and its people.


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