Civic center demolition possible
Chuck Moates says he will offer motion July 15 to take down long-closed building
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 12:27 AM
It appears definitive action on the Greenwood Civic Center building could -- finally -- come to fruition.
Greenwood County Councilmen, from left, Steve Brown, Bob Fisher and Chuck Moates listen to discussion at Tuesday night’s administrative and finance committee meeting. (Chris Trainor | Index-Journal)
During Tuesday’s Greenwood County Council administration and finance committee meeting, and again following council’s regular meeting, District 4 Councilman Chuck Moates said he will, at the July 15 meeting, offer a motion to authorize the demolition of the civic center.
“Yes, I do plan to offer that motion,” Moates said, of the civic center demolition. “In consultation with the county attorney (Stephen Baggett), we will craft a motion that will be comprehensive and complete. ... I think we have talked about it long enough and I think now is the time.”
Baggett said he anticipates the initial action to authorize the civic center demolition will come in the form of a resolution.
The Greenwood Civic Center building has been closed since late 2009. At the time, council said the center was a financial albatross. Still, the building has been empty and vacant ever since, awaiting its fate.
When asked whether he thinks there will be enough votes on the council to pass a civic center demolition measure, Moates said he wouldn’t offer the motion if he didn’t think there were enough votes.
Longtime Councilman Robbie Templeton said he will vote in favor of demolishing the old civic center building. Templeton’s support of demolition is not surprising, as he has, for several years now, indicated he is in favor of taking it down.
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