By Jennie Robinson, Huntsville City Council Representative District 3
The Sandra Moon Community Complex on Bailey Cove is coming to life! Formerly the site of the old Grissom High School, it is taking on a new look. In addition to a new main entry road, the North Entrance to the Community Center building has been completed and design on interior renovations of the 110,000 square foot building as begun. Work on the interior will start in early 2021.
Two new lighted and irrigated multipurpose fields have been completed and twelve new outdoor lighted pickleball courts opened up recently and are very popular. The beautiful new courts are filled with players of all ages at all times of the day.
Design on parking, landscaping, and irrigation of the remaining campus is being completed this year. Construction of the new parking areas will begin next year and will extend parking back into the ball fields and pickleball courts for easier access. Landscaping will also create a new look for the complex.
Work on the eagerly anticipated South Huntsville library is moving ahead on the north part of the complex despite record rainfall. The concrete pad for the new 30,000 square foot facility has been poured and construction on the building will soon be taking place with a projected opening in mid-2021.
The old wrestling building has been turned into a craft space for the Senior Center with their lapidary, metal work, beading and other craft programs now housed in half the building. In addition, new bathrooms and a large air conditioned multipurpose space have been added. We hope to use the multipurpose space for my quarterly town hall meetings to permit social distancing.
ArtsHuntsville continues to work on a long term plan for the auditorium. It will be a permanent home to a number of local performing arts groups and provide a new performance space for groups from around the area. It will be part of the final phase of the complex.
The complex is a tremendous collaboration between the city and many other groups. We want to thank the many donors and especially Commissioner Phil Riddick for working with us to make all these exciting projects possible.