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11/5/2013 7:40:00 PM
County considers establishing civic center committee
Brian King
Staff Writer

Greenwood County Council established a committee to determine the fate of the Greenwood Civic Center at their meeting on Tuesday evening.

The civic center has been closed since 2009 and council has held numerous discussions about the fate of the longtime social hub of Greenwood County. At their regular meeting on Oct. 20, council held a public hearing on the civic center. A dozen people spoke during the public hearing with only one person speaking in favor of tearing the civic center down.

Councilman Robbie Templeton said he felt no viable option for keeping the facility open had been presented. Councilwoman Edith Childs said she felt that many people were in favor of renovating the civic center, but they were unwilling to pay any additional taxes to keep the civic center.

Chairman Mark Allison sought input from other council members on the formation of the committee. Childs said she felt that each of the seven districts should be represented equally on the committee. Councilman Steve Brown said the committee should be comprised of various experts who can provide viable options for the facility.

Councilman Chuck Moates said he was opposed to forming a committee to present council with options.

"I don't think a committee will tell us anything we don't already know," Moates said. "A committee only delays the process and kicks the can further down the road."

Thee majority of council agreed that a committee would need specific direction from council as to what the committee should accomplish. Most council members also agreed that the committee would need have a detailed plan for their recommendation, including sources of revenue.

Councilman Gonza Bryant suggested that a third party evaluate the facility and make a recommendation. Moates agreed that, if a committee was to be established, that he would be hesitant to appoint community members because of their emotional investment in the civic center.

Council will again take up the discussion on the civic center at their next regular meeting.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Article comment by: Ashley Smith

In response to Joe, you have a point. But what young parent with young kids has the time to sit down maybe twice a week for a few hours and talk about a dilapidated building? They have kids to feed, bathe, help with homework, among many other things. There's a reason people on committees join to begin with, b/c they have nothing but time on their hands.
On another note, the location of the civic center isn't great. Look around it. What about the location or look of the civic center makes anyone say "Ooh, I want to go there!" NOTHING! Tear it down or sell it to a company that can bring jobs to Greenwood, or give it to the humane society to house more animals in need of homes, or level it and build a new ball field...


Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Article comment by: Ash Ley

I think an indoor concert arena would be great. Think of the revenue that kind of thing would bring to our town. It would give the young people in our area a safe place to spend their time as well.

Posted: Friday, November 8, 2013
Article comment by: Angie E

I think that the Civic Center is doing the county no good by sitting empty and that the solution should be to tear it down and put an outside staged arena with a grassy lawn. I went to an outside arena in Evans, Georgia a few weeks ago that would be great for our area.

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Smith

So they are going to form a committee? I will bet anything that the committee members will have kids grown and gone from home. You need to put a committee together of young parnets with young kids. These are the people who will benfit from this. How can the counil put together a committee then state that the committee would have to come up with a source of revenue. This means that Greenwood will stay the same and people going out to town to spend their money.



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