Save the Town Common

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There is growing interest in privatizing part of the Greenville Town Common. Several developers have made presentations to City Council advocating for a potential STEAM Center and several City Council Members have indicated that they are interested in the idea.

At their annual planning session, the Greenville City Council voted to make this project their number one priority for the year. Councilman Godley just put a letter in the Reflector encouraging our community to hear the developers out on privatization.

The building would be owned by a non-profit that does not yet exist. They would hold trainings and workshops similar to what GO Science already does and they would also have a performing arts center. The presenter pitched it as a beautiful and iconic space with a big light-up pirate ship on the outside.

As a bit of background, the city does have a Town Common Master Plan that has been thoroughly vetted by and in the public through various meetings and forums. This project is not part of our Master Plan and would be a large deviation from it.

This would be an indoor facility. People would be going there to participate in a lesson or view a performance. They wouldn't be looking at or enjoying the park. This is a building that could go anywhere. It wouldn’t be improved by being on the Town Common and the Town Common wouldn’t be improved by having it.

This proposal would cede a large section of Town Common. This is our central park and once we give it away we’re never getting it back. It should be a place for the public. Nothing should be built on the Town Common that can’t later be changed by Greenville residents.

If we were to go ahead with this project we would lose a huge amount of open green space. But if we keep Town Common a park, we’ll appreciate having our green space more and more as downtown grows and develops.

Please sign this petition and let our council members know that our community does not support the privatization of any section of our Town Common. We believe that this is a public space and should be kept as a public space.

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