Tuscaloosa News

The Tuscaloosa Public Library and the Children’s Hands-On Museum could be sharing a new home close to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in the near future.

The library, CHOM and the city of Tuscaloosa have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to explore the idea of utilizing The Tuscaloosa News building as a shared-use facility, it was announced Wednesday. The city is currently in negotiations with Gatehouse Media, the company that owns both the building and The Tuscaloosa News, to purchase the facility and the site it sits on.

If the city is able to purchase The Tuscaloosa News building, the day-to-day operations of the newspaper will not be impacted, according to an article by The Tuscaloosa News. 

The movement to purchase and transform the building into a productive shared-space will be a collaborative effort, according to a press release from the city of Tuscaloosa.

“For this partnership to succeed, each party has a role to play and we at the city are excited to be in the position to help facilitate the collaboration that will benefit our youth for years to come,” the press release stated.

When discussions between the city and Gatehouse conclude, the terms of the agreement and project timeline will be disclosed and will wait for approval from the city council. The project details will then be reviewed by the Elevate Tuscaloosa Advisory Council, who will provide further recommendations to the city council. During this process, CHOM and the library will raise funds for the project.

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