County Council Items

Lancaster County County Council meeting January 27, 2017

The Lancaster County Council has gotten its first look at a proposed new Indian Land recreation center occupying 10 acres donated by Avondale’s developers, but the jaw-dropping $14,7 million price tag sent the plan back to the drawing board.

The proposed recreation center would be near the 179- acre mixed –use development off Harrisburg Rd and Calvin Hall Rd. Sinacori Builders gave the county the 10 acres.       Map /location on map of the 10 acres – Village A

The plan features a 50,000 sq ft. building with 4,700 sq. ft. of meeting place for Council on Aging, additional space for recreation department offices and two full size basketball courts. An elevated walking trail would be inside the facility. The balance of the land will include two multipurpose athletic fields and parking for 300 vehicles.

Councilwoman Charlene McGriff asked Hal Hiott, Recreation Director, ”Is this your $14.7 million dream?” “It is what we need,” Hiott said. “We’ve outgrown what we have up there”. “But $14.7 million?” McGriff asked again, incredulous. “To serve the people of Indian Land, I do envision a center that big eventually, whether it is built in phases or not.” Hiott said.

The existing 9.62 acre property on Hwy 521 with the EMS building was appraised at $4.1 million. Count Attorney John Weaver said, “What we have up there is antiquated and very insufficient.”

The county paid $6,000 to draw up the plans based on a needs assessment, now its back to square one.