By DEUCE NIVEN
Hopes from community leaders to see productive use from the former Guideway Elementary were answered in a way not asked by Columbus County Commissioners Monday.
A request to move the Bug Hill Senior Center to a pod on the old school campus won quick and unanimous approval from commissioners. County Department of Aging Director Kristie Massey said she plans to pattern the facility after one on the former Fair Bluff Elementary campus, which she called the “nicest senior center in Columbus County.”
Funds from the American Rescue Plan, approved by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will pay for renovations and repairs at Guideway, Massey said.
Those renovations will begin early in the new fiscal year, July 1, and should be complete in October, Massey said.
Michelle Brenenborg and Steven Duncan spoke of hopes for the former Guideway School during the public comment portion of Monday’s board meeting.
Both are involved with the Guideway Outreach Center, a grassroots effort to bring “light back to Guideway” that encourages a variety of functions for the facility.
Proposed uses outlined in a flyer distributed by Brenenborg include an evacuation center, polling place, after-school programs, skills center, office/meeting room space, small business incubator, small business space, life skills, cafeteria and kitchen, meeting rooms, and a fitness center.
“The moving of the senior center was never proposed by anyone associated Guideway Outreach Center, but is welcomed as a wonderful way to complete our vision for the buildings,” Brenenborg posted on the groups Facebook page after the meeting.
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