Marked Tree sets aside money to repair historic gym

Marked Tree sets aside money to repair historic gym

MARKED TREE (KAIT) - A Region 8 city voted to put money toward repairing a historic gym.

After debate over how to fix the historic George Washington Carver Gym in Marked Tree, decisions are finally being made.

The Marked Tree City Council has pledged $35,000 to help repair or replace the gym.

The gym has been closed for some time because it's unsafe for people to be in.

A committee was formed in June to decide what to do with the gym.

Many different options were brought up, including the George Washington Carver Alumni Chapter helping to finance the repairs.

The alumni chapter made it clear they wouldn't be able to do that because the city owns the building and land.

A structural engineer looked at the gym and said it will take over half a million dollars to repair or completely rebuild the historic gym.

In hopes of getting something done, the city voted to set aside $35,000 for the project in hopes of being selected for grants.

Mayor of Marked Tree Mary Ann Arnold said the city council will vote whether to repair the gym or completely rebuild at the October city council meeting.

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