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Sweetwater Community Center Renovations to Start Soon

web posted May 8, 2014

MERRIWETHER The long awaited renovations at the Sweetwater Community Center, also known as the old Cooper's School, are just two steps away from breaking ground. Plans and engineering have been completed and are being placed out for bid, with bids due back by May 27. After that the county council will review the bids, and if one is accepted, work will begin shortly afterwards. It's a project that has been spearheaded by County Council Vice chair Genia Blackwell of Merriwether.

"After much time, consideration to detail and effort being made to keep the building with an original look on the outside as well as making it compatible to the community, I am pleased with the results. The inside of the building will be a single large open room with columns, ceiling fans, French doors and ceiling beams. There is a large open veranda that will be built on the back of the building with railing and outside lighting. The process has been a long and tedious one because we wanted to ensure it was right for our community and county," Blackwell said.

The plans for the renovations have been placed on the county website and can be found here. http://www.edgefieldcounty.sc.gov/Documents/Plans.pdf

Before the project gets underway, Vice chair Blackwell said she intends to hold a ground breaking and open the building for inspection and a set of the plans will be on site. That date will be determined later.

The project would not have been possible without the donation of the historically significant building and surrounding four acres by Ambassador Hank Cooper and his wife Bobbye Cooper, Blackwell said. The photo above is the building prior to the clean-up by the Merriwether Fire Department and community volunteers.

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