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Boys & Girls Club eyes downtown buildling

The Nashville Boys and Girls Club is continuing its search for a larger facility but has set its eyes on one building near Downtown Nashville.

Ron Green, Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties, along with Boys and Girls Club Board Members Pell Cooper and Mark Edwards, came before Nashville's Town Council on Tuesday night to provide an update on the club and its search for a new building.

Green was before the board in October asking for the board's support and leadership in moving forward with the building search.

"Last time we were here, we said were going to look for a building," he said. "We've looked at several buildings and researched several funding opportunities."

Green said currently, the organization has its eyes on the former Johnson Funeral Home on Barnes Street. He told council members he and board members had been by the facility twice to look at it.

"So those are one of the opportunities we are looking at to move our current location to," Green said.

However, Green said the club was still looking at other opportunities.

The ultimate goal, he said, was to find a facility that would house 100 kids. Currently, the Brake Street facility where the club is located houses 65 kids and is at capacity.

"We are at our limit right now at our Nashville Club," Green said.

Green said there is a possibility that the organization can get some grant funding but he added that he also wanted some ownership from the community.

Green said he would continue to come before the board with updates on Nashville's Boys and Girls Club.

Before concluding his update, Green told council members that this year, out of 44 members who attended during the school year, 95 percent of them were promoted to the next grade. The other five percent were in summer school and he expected them to all be promoted as well. Four members were seniors and all graduated.

"We're trying to get to 100 percent on all of it," Green said.

Green said he was proud of the statistics the Nashville Club has.

In other business, Council members tabled a request to change the speed limit on Cedar Street.

A petition was submitted to the planning department requesting the speed limit be changed from 35 to 20 miles per hour.

Nashville Mayor Donald Street said the town's Technical Review Committee had reviewed the item and suggested amending the speed limit to 25 miles per hour. The committee said the change would mirror the speed limit on Elm Street, which runs parallel to Cedar Street.

Councilwoman Louise Hinton said she felt like the board should approve what was requested in the petition. Hinton said every home owner on Cedar Street signed the petition. Hinton made a motion to change the speed limit to 20 miles per hour but the motion died due to a lack of a second.

Councilman Charles Taylor made a motion to go with the planning department's recommendation of 25 miles per hour but that motion, too, died for a lack of a second.

Councilman Larry Taylor said he felt the speed limit should be left alone. He reminded council members of a similar request several months ago and said he was concerned that the board approving that request would "open a can of worms."

Since the council could not agree, Mayor Street suggested further study on the item.

Council members also agreed on Tuesday night to name the road that goes into the town's new West Nashville Commerce Park on Cooke Road Commerce Street.


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