New Florence gym third of the way complete

New Florence gym third of the way complete

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The upcoming Barnes Street Gym is Florence continues to make headway with its construction.

Funding for the $4.5 million project comes from a special tax that's on businesses in downtown Florence.

When complete, the building will be 35,000 feet and feature three full-sized basketball courts.

Staff said excitement is growing as it drawers closer to completion.

"We are excited about what we are seeing here. We think it's going to be an aesthetically please building and it's certainly going to be a functional building for us," said Darlene Buchanan, recreational director for the city of Florence.

The building is expected to be up and running this summer.

Among many aspirations for the new facility, the hope is more children will be excited about the recreation programs the city offers.

The space will be multi-purpose and staff are already getting excited about having it ready for the public.

"We are going to be able to outfit our offices. We are going to be able to buy the supplies and the materials that we need to do the type of things we plan to do in that building like basketball, volleyball, pickleball and things like that," Buchanan said.

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