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|Community Center Sale Still Being Considered
|The Galesburg City Council spent much time Monday night discussing the possible sale of the Galesburg Community Center.
The facility, if approved for sale, would be sold to MAK Properties for renovation.
Several members of the NAACP - who use the building on a monthly basis - came out in support of keeping the Community Center under City control.
NAACP member Jim Jacobs says that the community needs more time to digest the information.
"I don't really think that's the spirit of the law," Jacobs said. "I think people needed to have more notice than that, especially those who use the Community Center, because many of them do not have Internet [The Community Center has free wifi]."
The measure was on first reading, but was it was motioned to suspend the rules to approve the sale Monday night. That motion failed.
Several community members requested the City find a short-term solution to the possibility of lacking a designated community gathering space.
Community Development Director Roy Parkin says his department has put together a list of potential sites that could serve a community gathering purpose in the short-term, including: Sandburg Mall and banks with Conference Rooms.
"We're going to continue to work on that, and would make that available to the people that have at least rented the facility, and we're now telling them that they are going to have to go rent elsewhere," Parkin said. "Anybody else that would express interest in that, we can certainly provide them that list."
The City Council agreed that a space may need to be provided on a temporary basis until a more permanent solution could be found.
The motion to approve the measure Monday night failed 3-5. The ordinance will come back for a final reading at the next City Council meeting.
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