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Columbus Councilors approved a request for Friends of Historic Claflin, Inc., a nonprofit group formed to save the building, to sub-lease the property to a new entity called Claflin School Preservation, L.P. Council approved the request with a 9-1 vote. Councilor Glenn Davis said he supported the project but needed more time to review the contract, so he abstained. Thompson Gooding, Oracle vice president of development services, spoke on behalf of the company. He said the units will be rented to households making no more than 60 percent of the area median income. The Rev. Richard Jessie, FHC’s executive director of restoration, also attended the meeting. Later in an interview, Jessie said Congressman Sanford Bishop helped the organization lift federal restrictions on the property, which paved the way for it to be used for purposes other than education. Alva James-Johnson ajjohnson@ledger-enquirer.com
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UPDATED December 06, 2017 05:10 PM

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