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Gym and Auditorium at Red Bank Middle to be Cleared

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Outgoing Commissioner Ruth Jeno looks at plans offering one option for the old Red Bank Middle School site. Outgoing Commissioner Ruth Jeno looks at plans offering one option for the old Red Bank Middle School site.

RED BANK, Tenn. (WRCB-TV) - City Commissioners unanimously voted to clear the old Red Bank Middle School gym and auditorium at Red Bank to make room for new development. The decision is in line with their original agreement with the county and school board.

Some in the community raised objections to the demolition of one or both of the buildings, hoping they would find new life once a new middle school is completed. About half of the 15-20 people in attendance spoke during the public comment portion of the called meeting. Many confessed a sentimental connection to the facilities, but the majority urged Commissioners to take the buildings down in favor of a clean slate at the site.

Commissions, citing the cost of rehabbing the buildings and removal of asbestos would be too great. They hoped that a vacant three acre lot to be shaped as desired would be more attractive and conducive to future developers.

Vice Mayor John Roberts said demolition is likely to take place this summer. He added, there is no rush to develop the property and no timetable for deciding what to next put on the site. Calling it the, "...last big, undeveloped property in Red Bank," he said it may take years to do the right thing for Red Bank on that site.

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