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Pulaski rec center nears completion

If all goes as planned, a recreation center for area youth may be open in downtown Pulaski by the end of the month.
Gary Martin and Earl Hagee have been preparing the old Southwest Times building for about a month now, but they only got official approval to move forward with the center Tuesday night.
They said they didn’t mind investing in renovations prior to getting a special exception to zoning regulations because they were confident the plan would be approved by Pulaski Town Council.
Plans call for the center to include ticket-redemption games, pool tables and a stage for live performances.
The two, both Pulaski natives, decided to develop a recreation center because "we want to have someplace for the kids to go."
Martin, who runs Kazemer Club Restaurant and Lounge on Washington Avenue said "kids" (high school aged youth) are always coming in that business, but he doesn’t think it is an appropriate atmosphere for them.
"I didn’t really want them in there, but I hated to turn them away too," he said.
The recreation center will give youth a place to relax and have a good time without being in a lounge-type atmosphere.
During a joint public hearing before Pulaski Town Council and Pulaski Planning Commission, Hagee presented a petition of support with more than 300 signatures. He said the fun center will be a "no alcohol, no tobacco club" and will be supervised.
Brandon Quesenberry of Draper spoke in favor of the project, saying the future of the Town of Pulaski is dependent upon its youth.
Town resident Clark Payne said he has looked at the building in question and he agrees with "the general purpose of the request." He said his only concern is the renovations and what would be done to the outside of the building. He noted that windows are boarded up there now.
"I would hope they wouldn’t leave the windows boarded up," he added.
Hagee said they are about 50 percent complete with the interior renovations. He said they hope to have it open by the end of March.
Both the planners and the town council unanimously approved the request for a special exception.

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Pulaski rec center nears completion

If all goes as planned, a recreation center for area youth may be open in downtown Pulaski by the end of the month.
Gary Martin and Earl Hagee have been preparing the old Southwest Times building for about a month now, but they only got official approval to move forward with the center Tuesday night.
They said they didn’t mind investing in renovations prior to getting a special exception to zoning regulations because they were confident the plan would be approved by Pulaski Town Council.
Plans call for the center to include ticket-redemption games, pool tables and a stage for live performances.
The two, both Pulaski natives, decided to develop a recreation center because "we want to have someplace for the kids to go."
Martin, who runs Kazemer Club Restaurant and Lounge on Washington Avenue said "kids" (high school aged youth) are always coming in that business, but he doesn’t think it is an appropriate atmosphere for them.
"I didn’t really want them in there, but I hated to turn them away too," he said.
The recreation center will give youth a place to relax and have a good time without being in a lounge-type atmosphere.
During a joint public hearing before Pulaski Town Council and Pulaski Planning Commission, Hagee presented a petition of support with more than 300 signatures. He said the fun center will be a "no alcohol, no tobacco club" and will be supervised.
Brandon Quesenberry of Draper spoke in favor of the project, saying the future of the Town of Pulaski is dependent upon its youth.
Town resident Clark Payne said he has looked at the building in question and he agrees with "the general purpose of the request." He said his only concern is the renovations and what would be done to the outside of the building. He noted that windows are boarded up there now.
"I would hope they wouldn’t leave the windows boarded up," he added.
Hagee said they are about 50 percent complete with the interior renovations. He said they hope to have it open by the end of March.
Both the planners and the town council unanimously approved the request for a special exception.

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