Cindy Sholar turned a spotlight on the project, when she asked the board for a “resolution or show of support that says, ‘put it back where it is, and don’t take any more buildings.’”
Sholar encouraged all in attendance to attend the public hearing February 8 at 5:00 p.m. that will discuss possible locations for the new center, and to voice their concerns. That meeting will be held in the courthouse.
Of the current courthouse, Sholar said “there isn’t much there to save,” adding that she understood the need for a new justice center.
The discussion Wednesday hinged on the possibility that the block containing the City Clerk’s Office could be demolished to make room for the 32,000 sq. ft. justice center.
Sholar unequivocally said the new center needs to be downtown, but said buildings shouldn’t be razed to put it there.
Lucas Chesnut, noting that some buildings on the City Clerk’s block have little architectural value and others are in disrepair, initially questioned the reasoning behind fighting to save the block.
“What’s our goal?” he said.
Chesnut said locating the new center over the existing block of buildings could spur further growth downtown.
However, Sholar said the Renaissance Board may face repercussions if it doesn’t contest a downtown location site that requires the demolition of what could potentially be a block of existing buildings.
“Our funding could be in danger if we don’t try to fight this,” she said.
Paul Fourshee said it would be better for the board to not speak as a group about the new center “at all if our indication was to tear something down.”
“It’s contradictory to what this organization is,” he said.
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