North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 18, 2013

As Rock School purchase closes, Pinson looks to buy old railroad hotel

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

PINSON — As the city of Pinson closes the deal to save a major piece of local history, its council is about to move to save another.

Mayor Hoyt Sanders announced during Thursday night’s regular council session that the sale of the old Rock School closed last Tuesday. The city’s purchase was contingent on the previous occupants, Solid Rock Church, buying and moving to the former New Covenant Church facility on Pinson Valley Parkway. That move will take place over the next few weeks, with Solid Rock’s first Sunday service at their new home scheduled for Nov. 3.

Now, the council is looking at a much smaller project — the purchase of a building that began life as a railroad hotel.

The two-story building is located next to the now-abandoned Louisville and Nashville Railroad line that ran from Birmingham to Oneonta and points north. Railroad hotels were built to serve passengers traveling to smaller towns, and were normally located adjacent to the depot.

The Spring Street structure has served several functions since it was originally built, most recently as a law office. The building went into foreclosure, and was offered to the city for $10,000.

The council heard the first reading on the proposal to buy the property, and will act on it during the Nov. 7 meeting.

The council also took the first steps toward establishing a city-wide garbage pickup contract. Parts of the city have been serviced by different companies over the years, with some parts getting pickups twice a week while others get only one.

A public hearing will be held on Nov. 7, before the council’s regular meeting, to seek input as they prepare a request for proposal to send to area garbage companies.

In other business, the council: