City Council approves contract to construct new T.K. Gregg Community Center
Groundbreaking for new Northside community center scheduled for Nov. 30
It has been over four years since the City closed the former T.K. Gregg Recreation Center on Oakland Avenue with a promise that a new state-of-the-art facility would be built to take its place. On Monday night, City Council set the stage for construction to begin on that replacement, approving a not-to-exceed bid of $11,907,857 with Harper General Contractors to build the new facility at the former Oakview Apartments site on Howard Street on Spartanburg's Northside.
The new center will feature an indoor aquatics center with two pools—one for competitive and exercise lap swimming and one for water therapy and swimming lessons—as well as an indoor basketball gym, fitness center, walking track, and community rooms.
To help finance the project, the City hopes to earn New Markets Tax Credits, which along with other outside funding sources as well as funding banked away for the project in previous years, would bring the City's outstanding portion down to $9.1-$9.4 million. Financing for the new facility includes issuing bonds covered by future City Hospitality Tax revenue. No tax increase is planned to cover the project. A groundbreaking for the new T.K. Gregg Community Center.
Also at Monday's meeting, City Council voted 7-0 to join the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national collaborative of cities seeking to accelerate
progress on racial equity. GARE is a national network of governments working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all. Spartanburg is the first city in South Carolina to join the organization, joining a list of 93 cities in 32 states.
The organization supports a cohort of jurisdictions that are at the forefront of work to achieve racial equity, supporting and providing best practices, tools and resources to build and sustain current efforts and build a national movement for racial equity. GARE further helps jurisdictions develop a “pathway for entry” into racial equity work for new jurisdictions from across the country and supports and builds local and regional collaborations that are broadly inclusive and focused on achieving racial equity.
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