The Decatur City Commission will vote at tonight’s meeting to purchase the United Methodist Children’s Home 77 acre property that sits along South Columbia Drive, just outside the Decatur city limits. If approved, the city would then move to annex the property into the city limits.
But then what?
The City Manager Peggy Merriss’ memo to the commission notes that the city would then start up one of its favorite activities – community-based master planning! But her note also goes on to give a sense of what the city is thinking about in terms of utilizing the property in the coming months/years….
The property includes athletic fields and a gymnasium that can be used to address the increasing demands of Decatur’s families and children for places to play and socialize. There are also existing facilities that could be used to house the City’s Children and Youth Services Division and help provide an opportunity to expand afterschool and summer programs. There are approximately 25 acres of open and green space that can be preserved.
“The UMCH staff anticipates that they will be able to vacate the property in late summer/early fall, 2017.” , according to the City Manager. So look for a lot more activity surrounding this purchase in the coming months.