A grant-funded $344,000 transformation of a century-old building in Comer into a museum will be delayed slightly. City officials and the contractor have discussed postponing the start of work due to the holiday season. The renovation schedule had crews doing roof work in three weeks, which would coincide with Christmas.

“And he (the contrator) just asked for us to move it back just a little bit, so that period could be around the first of the year,” Comer city clerk and finance office Steve Sorrells said. “So we’ve got plenty of time to do it.”

The renovation should be completed by August.

The theme of the museum is the development of the automobile in the 20th century, with funding for the project coming through the state department of transportation.

Comer selected an old brick building that sits directly behind City Hall as the site for its museum.

The structure, which dates back to at least 1907, was once a livery stable and later served as an uncrating area for model-T Fords in the 1920s.

Perhaps the building’s most important use came in the 1950s and 1960s when the new year Fords models were stowed away there before they went to the show room.

When finished, the museum will offer more than history.

Plans include a 17 x 11 conference room, while the museum’s open area is also 2,500 square feet, providing potential space for group meetings and presentations.

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