Clinton Gets Major Grant for Martha Dendy Site Work

 The City of Clinton is being awarded a Community Development Block Grant of just under a half million dollars for Rehabbing the Martha Dendy School property. The South Carolina Department of Commerce yesterday announced the award of $496,400 as part of a total of $3.4 million in grants to Clinton and ten other communities across the state.

     Manager Frank Stovall said input from community members with ideas about the future of the site will be gathered in the next few weeks, and work should begin by this summer. “The bottom line is we’re just trying to create something in the neighborhood that we can all be very proud of. A good public facility that includes, hopefully, a community center, a portion of the property that can be used as a public park; something that the community can use again.”

  The project is a cooperative effort from a joint effort by the City and School District 56. Stovall said “The grant funds demolition of portions of that building that are not salvageable. We’ll be brining in some architects and engineers to help us determine what parts of the building can be saved and used by the community and what parts of the building have gone to far and we won’t be able to save. And hopefully we’ll be able to use some of that funding to do some improved street lighting and to upgrade public facilities that are there. There’s a wonderful basketball court there that we’d like to see the public be able to use again….and just a few other things.”

     The City of Clinton is partnering with School District 56 in a plan to transform the old Martha Dendy School site into new community uses. “The grant funds demolition of portions of that building that are not salvageable. We’ll be brining in some architects and engineers to help us determine what parts of the building can be saved and used by the community and what parts of the building have gone to far and we won’t be able to save. And hopefully we’ll be able to use some of that funding to do some improved street lighting and to upgrade public facilities that are there. There’s a wonderful basketball court there that we’d like to see the public be able to use again….and just a few other things.”

  The Clinton City Manger expressed appreciation for the grant from the Department of Commerce. “We appreciate the Department of Commerce wanting to invest in the city of Clintonto help us improve the neighborhoods throughout our city. This is one in a long number of grants that we’ve received from them. We’re excited about working with the neighborhood, working with the school district, to create something there at the site of the Martha Dendy School that we can all use and all be proud of.”