Historic Panama City building up for sale

Published: Mar. 21, 2019 at 4:37 PM CDT
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A historic building in Panama City is up for sale.

The old Panama City Grammar School facility on Harrison Avenue was recently put on the market. Since then, a petition was created by local business owner Aaron Rich.

The petition urges the city to buy the facility and renovate it to be a state of the art science center. Thus far, the petition has garnered 674 signatures.

The school was built in 1914 but closed in 1965. For nearly 55 years it's been used by First Presbyterian Church, which owns the building, as an education building.

Ron Brown, the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Panama City, said, "I think the idea of converting this into science technology center would be a wonderful use. Think it would be great, fantastic, wonderful for the community. I think it's a great idea."

Pastor Brown also says they are not interested in making the most money, but rather to see the building put to the best use serving the community which could be done in several ways.

Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki has issued the following statement saying, "We are exploring the possibility of finding and working with a corporate sponsor as well as seeking state and federal grants to assist in purchasing and preserving the building."