County Council: Grant sought to demolish stadium
by The Press and Standard | September 26, 2018 9:46 am
Colleton County Council approved seeking a Community Development Action grant to make the abandoned Bulldog Stadium a memory.
The demolition of a concrete home stands and other buildings on the 13-acre property and the removal of the visitor bleachers will only be undertaken if the county is successful in obtaining the $500,000 grant.
The county will be responsible for providing the $50,000 match.
County Administrator Kevin Griffin said the county is in discussion with the city of Walterboro and Colleton County School District about sharing the cost of the match. The school district owns the property, which has been up for sale for several years. The property is located within the city limits.
He said that the county could use its building debris landfill fees and other in-kind services to cover some of the match.
Griffin explained that the county was among the political subdivisions in the area working on a regional project that involved Community Development Block Grant funding when that project “fell apart at the last minute.”
“We had 24 hours to put together a project,” Griffin said. “We put our heads together with the city and school district.” Colleton County School District Dr. Franklin Foster recommended the demolition of the old stadium as a possible use for the federal funding.
Lowcounty Council of Governments Community and Economic Development Specialist Kimberly Mullinax conducted the public hearing on the proposal. The public hearing is one of the requirements for seeking the federal funding.
The goal of the demolition project is to “to clean it up and have it as green space,” Mullinax said.
“There are no plans to build anything there, just green space at this time.”
“There are some possibilities, but we but don’t have any anticipated use,” Griffin said. For now it will be green space for the community, he added.