Mayor Karl Dean announced on Monday that the 46-year-old Sevier Park Community Center building near the 12South neighborhood will be torn down and replaced with a new $4 million facility.
“This project is long overdue given the particular age of this building,” Dean said.
Funds for the Sevier Park project have been set aside in the mayor’s capital-spending plan, which had been delayed following May’s flood but has since been refiled with the Metro Council. Replacing the dilapidated community center with a new community center had also been outlined in the original capital plan.
Dean said the new community center would include fitness rooms and space for senior citizens. Metro Parks & Recreation officials said they would explore the possibility of including a new swimming pool, which residents in the area have advocated.
Metro is in the process of constructing a new McCabe Park community center on Murphy Road in Sylvan Park.