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March 11, 2014

Wigwam deadline extended to June 30

City may take ownership of famed gymnasium

ANDERSON – The Anderson Community Schools Board of Trustees and city officials on Tuesday reached an agreement that will delay consideration of razing the Wigwam complex until July.

The board’s 6-0 vote (member Danny McGhee was absent) was a key endorsement that makes it possible for a business group to continue seeking investors and work on plans to once more turn the historic high school sports arena into a community destination.

“I’d like to say that I’m thrilled for the efforts of those who are continuing to work in this regard,” said board member Scott Green. “It’s a big challenge and we all know that, but I want to acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of those who are involved to bringing some kind of successful opportunity to the Wigwam.”

Earlier in the day, the Anderson Board of Public Works voted to approve the agreement with the Anderson Community School Corp., Wigwam Sports & Entertainment (WSE), the Madison County Visitors Bureau and Tom Snyder to cover the expenses of the Wigwam through the end of June.

Included in the agreement is the possible transfer of ownership of the Wigwam complex to the city by June 10.

The agreement allows the school board to approve a resolution transferring ownership and responsibility of the Wigwam complex to the city as a gift without any compensation before the school board’s June 10 meeting.

If the transfer of ownership is not completed by July 1, the ACS board may proceed with the demolition of the Wigwam complex.

The current agreement runs through June 30.

The city of Anderson will provide $10,547 in food and beverage tax revenues with Wigwam Sports & Entertainment, the Visitors Bureau and Snyder each providing $4,170. Snyder is chairman of the blue ribbon committee that was appointed by the mayor to explore ways to revitalize the Wigwam.

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