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Council votes to close Spartanburg community center

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Two children learn to swim at the Spartanburg Swim Center. (March 19, 2012/FOX Carolina) Two children learn to swim at the Spartanburg Swim Center. (March 19, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Spartanburg City Council voted 5-2 Monday night to close the T.K. Gregg Center.

In March, Spartanburg city planners recommended closing the center on Oakland Avenue and the Swim Center on Church Street. They said the money saved by closing the centers would be used to build a new facility within the next few years.

Planners said the T.K. Gregg Center has seen fewer visitors as businesses move in and families move out. They said it needs about $3 million in repairs.

The plan drew wide criticism from the public. A packed room of supporters asked city council to save the facilities during a public forum on the plan.

On Monday night, the council said the money saved by closing the T.K. Gregg Center will be used to build a new center on the north side of the city.

Monday's vote did not include a motion on the future of the Swim Center. There was no immediate word when that vote would happen.

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