Ten neighborhoods to receive 'Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light' installations
Public art installations to be completed in time for National Night Out in August
Mayor Junie White announced at Monday's City Council meeting that all 10 neighborhoods that applied to take part in Seeing Spartanburg In A New Light have been selected to participate in the project. Selected neighborhoods are:
• Beaumont Village
• Downtown Spartanburg
• Forest Park
• Hampton Heights
• Highland Neighborhood
• Maxwell Hills/Duncan Park
• South Converse
• Andrews Farm & Converse Heights will participate in a joint installation on the Cottonwood Trail that connects both neighborhoods.
Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light is a temporary public art project supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies through its Public Art Challenge initiative. In October 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors to collaborate with artists and arts organizations to develop innovative temporary public art projects that engage communities, enhance creativity, and enrich the vibrancy of cities. Over 230 U.S. cities submitted proposals, af rming the many ways in which the arts can celebrate, address, and advance critical urban issues. Bloomberg Philanthropies selected Spartanburg as one of the four cities to receive up to $1 million to develop temporary public art projects.
As part of Seeing Spartanburg an a New Light, artist Erwin Redl is collaborating with the City’s police department and participating neighborhood associations to design and develop LED light installations that transform open spaces and create more vibrant neighborhoods. The project builds on the momentum of National Night Out, an annual event that promotes crime prevention efforts, police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie.
Also at Monday's meeting, Council voted 7-0 to approve demolition of a vacant home at 142 Oakland Avenue for $79,950. The property's owner resides in a nursing home and does not have the financial means to make repairs. City staff has been in contact with family members who have no interest and/or financial ability to intervene. The high cost of demolition is due to the significant asbestos within the structure, and after demolition, the City will place a lien on the property for the cost. City Manager Ed Memmott told Council the City will most likely end up owning the vacant lot after demolition.
For more from last night's City Council meeting, see the full video below as well as a roundup of our live tweets.