Update on old Conway Post Office, city council meeting tonight

Update on old Conway Post Office, city council meeting tonight

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - After a lengthy debate over what to do with the historic post office in Conway, the city is moving forward with one plan.

There's a lot of progress being made on the inside and outside.

After slew of public input meetings on what it should be, city leaders decided to use it for a majority of activities instead of one specific thing.

Conway leaders say most people wanted to see the building, which dates back to the 1930s, used as an event hall.

Now the post office, which used to hold the Horry County Museum, will be home to a Conway visitors center and Conway Downtown Alive.

Beyond that, the main area will seat up to 100 people and will be used as a multi-use space and will be available for art exhibits, community meetings, special events, non-profits and anything else the community can benefit from.

Right now the plan is for the city to be responsible for upkeep, but all in all they hope the renovated space will generate more economic activity.

The project is going to cost half a million dollars and $250,000 of that is thanks to a state grant. As of now, everything is expected to be completed by the first of the year.

Also happening in Conway, city council is hosting a town hall meeting allowing people who call the city home a chance to voice their concerns.

This is the third time leaders are reaching out to the community.

The major issue brought to the forefront through this new initiative is crime.

So far Conway leaders say the meetings are generating ideas to help better the community.

City leaders say these meetings are getting pretty good turnouts.

While the first only had a crowd of 12, the second drew in hundreds of people.

People who live in Race Path, North Conway and Jamestown communities brought the majority of concerns.

They ranged from drainage improvements to more lighting to people speeding through the neighborhoods.

But all in all, people want to see more police presence around those areas to try and combat the crime.

To see the problems first hand, members of the program took a bus trip to the areas discussed.

Leaders say they will continue to take suggestions, but the problems won't be corrected immediately.

The most important step starts with you, by getting involved with these meetings.

The event is Tuesday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m. at South Conway Elementary School and people from all parts of Conway are welcome.

If you can't make it, the final meeting is planned for November.

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