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Local Education

June 24, 2014

ACS could provide $100,000 to save Wigwam

Agreement centered on July 8 closing by WSE

ANDERSON – Anderson Community School Corp. could provide $100,000 to the group hoping to reopen the Wigwam complex if a July 8 closing date is achieved.

The school board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to provide the money to Wigwam Sports & Entertainment (WSE) if the group closes on taking ownership of the facility by 3 p.m. on July 8.

The Anderson Redevelopment Commission is meeting today at 4:30 p.m. to consider accepting ownership of the Wigwam facility from ACS.

The transfer from the Redevelopment Commission to Wigwam Sports & Entertainment has to be completed by July 8.

Greg Winkler, director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said the $100,000 from Anderson Community Schools will help Wigwam Sports & Entertainment go over its $600,000 goal to obtain and make the Wigwam complex ready for use.

The board authorized the school administration to enter into a lease or option agreement with WSE to have priority use of the Wigwam five times a year for 20 years at a reduced rate of $1,500 per use with free parking. That would cost ACS $150,000 to use the facility 100 times over a 20-year time frame.

Board President Ben Gale said the board has been working with the Anderson Redevelopment Commission and WSE to transfer ownership of the facility.

“There would be significant savings to ACS as opposed to the demolition of the Wigwam,” Gale said.

“This amount ($100,000) not only gives us priority access to the facility, but helps WSE get to the level to obtain the property,” he said.

The resolution states that demolition costs are estimated at $400,000 and to address the asbestos in the building would cost $300,000.

Chuck Rubright, attorney for ACS, said if the closing doesn’t take place by July 8 the resolution is invalid and the school board would have to consider passage of another resolution.

“The next school board meeting is July 8,” he said. “At that meeting the board is supposed to open the demolition and asbestos bids. The board will have to look at other options.”

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