City Council awards contract to demolish Sunshine Inn
Dilapidated motel to be torn down in the coming weeks
At their meeting on Monday, Spartanburg City Council voted 7-0 to award a $107,500 contract to NEO Corp. to demolish the Sunshine Inn, a blighted motel across from Wofford College, and a crucial piece of the Northside Initiative. At workshop in March, Council first approved tearing down the motel after the Northside Development Corporation's purchase of the property for around $600,000. Demolition is expected to begin within a week or two, and once complete, plans call for the site to become a new gateway into Northside redevelopment area, with Evins Street to be extended from Wofford College into the neighborhood (click here to view a map).
Council also unanimously approved new appointments to the City's Boards and Commissions. Appointments include: Bradley Colburn, Terrance Connorton, and Charles Hodge to the Airport Advisory Committee; Julia McClary to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, Helen Bennet to the Civil Service Commission; Harry Clayton, Steve Parks, and Kenya Trenthem to the Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals; Alan Deusterhaus and Tammy Whaley to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Commission.
In other business, Council heard an overview on the Way to Wellville competition from Mary Black Foundation CEO Kathy Dunleavy. Spartanburg has been selected as one of 16 semifinalists in the national competition to find five communities to compete over five years for the greatest improvement in five measures of health. The initiative is sponsored by HICCup, a nonprofit that encourages community-led innovation resulting in healthier people and places.
For more on last night's Council meeting see the full video and roundup of our live tweets below.