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Excellence in Design Awards presented at City Council meeting

Tuesday, October 1

New construction projects, renovations honored at Monday's meeting


Nine recent construction and renovation projects received the City's "Excellence in Design" award for 2011 and 2012 at Monday's City Council meeting. The award program recognizes unique and exemplary projects in our City. Among the projects honored were the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA, and the Spartanburg Downtown Airport. For a full list of award recipients, follow this link.


Also at Monday's meeting:


° Council voted 5-2 to award a contract to demolish the building that housed the Swim Center to D H Griffin Wrecking Co. Inc. for $75,832. Council voted to close the aging facility last year after staff was unable to secure partnerships with other organizations to help cover a needed $2 million renovation. The facility's $530,000 operating cost represented one fifth of the City's park and recreation budget.


° Council voted 7-0 to amend a development agreement with the Spartanburg Housing Development Corporation. The non-profit developer, organized by the Spartanburg Housing Authority, constructs homes as part of the Forest Park redevelopment project. Once constructed, the homes are sold to pre-qualified buyers. The SHD has constructed three homes already, two of which have sold. Funding for the project comes from federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds.


° Council unanimously to award a $171,411 contract to Upstate Grading & Engineering, Inc. for a culvert improvement project on Hillbrook Drive.


For full details of Monday's meeting, see our live tweets and full video below.