In a momentous win for the community, the county has declared that it has no intent to sell the park to the Judicial Council for the placement of the new Courthouse.
In a split vote, the supervisors shut down the sale and preserved the park’s fate to remain a green space for the community to enjoy for the foreseeable future.
Supervisor and Chairperson Greg Hagwood called the decision an emotional issue. For several months, the supervisors have endured hours of public comments on both sides of the decision, weighing in on the pros and cons of transforming Dame Shirley into the state building. Those in favor cited the convenience for those doing business in the courthouse, while those who opposed said the building would be unsightly and bring noise pollution and traffic congestion to the quaint downtown area.
Supervisor McGowan, who motioned not to sell, argued green spaces are a driving factor in attracting a thriving local economy, emphasizing these areas, especially in these times, are irreplaceable.
Supervisor Goss seconded the motion, concurring that green spaces need to remain a priority with particular reference to the destruction he has seen in his district, especially in Greenville, from the loss of green areas to the Dixie fire.
The Judicial Council will move forward with assessing the other private properties that have been up for discussion to complete the build of the new courthouse.