It’s been nearly a year since the Greenville Recreation Department’s storage facility was destroyed in a fire. On Tuesday, the City Council gave the go ahead for building its replacement.
The council approved a $25,653 bid for the new building, which will be constructed in the A.G. Davis Park complex at Kent and Walnut streets. The bid from Butterworth Buildings of Greenville also includes electrical work.
The city will use approximately $7,000 of recreation funds to complete the project. The rest of the approximately $18,000 comes from insurance claims following the fire.
The new building will be slightly larger than the previous one and will no longer be shared with the Department of Public Safety, which used about 75 percent of the old building for storing lost and confiscated bicycles.
“It’s a little bigger and we’ll have the entire unit,” said Recreation Department Director Kris Berry.
City Manager George Bosanic said the fire was tragic and resulted in plenty of hassle for Berry and her department, but a new building will serve the department well.
“It’s actually going to be a better thing at some point,” he said.
The previous building, located at 300 E. Charles St., was completely destroyed in a fire. Berry said because the location was secluded and was subject to frequent vandalism, the building will not be rebuilt there.
Last month, the council approved purchasing some equipment to replace that which was destroyed in the fire. For just less than $2,000, the city purchased three sets of soccer goals.