According to Talladega City Council President Dr. Horace Patterson, the dorm, which is in the midst of a $500,000 renovation projection, was ordered closed by an assistant fire marshal last week, shortly before the students were scheduled to come back from winter break.
The council agreed to appeal the decision on behalf of the college and request an investigation into the order Monday night, but it appeared Tuesday that these actions will not be necessary.
Waller said Tuesday “The issue has been resolved and Shores Hall will stay open. (Talladega College President) Dr. Billy Hawkins met with the assistant fire marshal and the architect on the renovation project today, and he agreed to reverse the order. The renovation will continue right where it left off.”
The current renovation began in December, and most aspects should be complete by March. It covers everything from new doors and stairways to the replacement of the fire alarms.
The building was built in 1974. It is named for Arthur D. Shores, class of 1972, who served as a trustee for many years, according to the college Web site.