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10/15/2013 8:56:00 PM
Civic Center once again takes center stage
Ted Martin, center, is surrounded by members of the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department after he was honored for nearly four decades of service to the fire department at Tuesday's regular meeting of county council.
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Ted Martin, center, is surrounded by members of the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department after he was honored for nearly four decades of service to the fire department at Tuesday's regular meeting of county council.
Brian King
Staff Writer

A number of residents spoke to Greenwood County Council about the state of the Greenwood Civic Center on Tuesday at council's regular meeting.

Rossie Corwon, special projects manager for Greenwood County, told council the cost to demolish the building would be about $126,000. The cost to renovate the building could be as much as $3.5 million, according to Corwon.

Between 1987, when the civic center began operation as an enterprise fund, and 2009 the operation of the civic center never showed less than a $109,000 loss. The losses peaked in the mid-1990s, losing as much as $242,000 in 1994.

Residents expressed a great deal of nostalgia for the civic center and the many events held there over the years. Since it opened in 1979, the building has hosted events from professional wrestling to Hank Williams Jr. concerts to circuses.

Out of a dozen residents who spoke about the civic center, only one spoke in favor of demolishing the building. The other 11 were passionately in favor of restoring the building to its former glory.

Council chairman Mark Allison said that discussions would continue about the use of the building.

In other business:

Council recognized Ted Martin, who has served at Northwest Volunteer Fire Department for nearly four decades. The entire department showed up in dress uniforms in support of Martin.

Council completed the final legislative hurdle for Project Sun, which is now known to be Colgate-Palmolive, by passing a resolution to add the property to the multi-county industrial park.

Council approved expending $30,000 for additional information on the Flood Study Amendment for Lake Greenwood.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Article comment by: Daniel Rush

Congrats to Ted Martin and thanks for your many years of service sir. Ted was one of the founding members of Northwest and the department has provided quality service to the community. I was fortunate enough to serve under Ted and he is a real class act!



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