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Many reasons why county wants TMD facility

Ask Pulaski County staff why the former TMD Friction plant would make a good Wellness/Recreation Center and they’ll give you 22 reasons – the first of which is “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!”
Besides being in the “center of Pulaski County,” a Powerpoint presentation providing an overview of the Wellness/Recreation Center concept points out that the 140,000-square-foot facility “offers a picturesque view of our beautiful mountains and valleys with ready access for citizens.”
The plant is on 30 acres in the Pulaski County Corporate Center industrial park near Pulaski County High School.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public comment period to gauge community interest in the project during its monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski.
According to staff, another reason to consider the plant is that there is “an excellent opportunity” for the county to purchase the land and plant for “less than half its (tax) assessed value” of $7 million. Since TMD filed for bankruptcy, the property is scheduled to go on the auction block in late January.
Staff also points out it would “cost much more to build” a comparable facility, and “constructing a completely new facility does not seem feasible at this time due to significantly higher construction costs.”
The presentation goes on to state that the facility is large enough to be a “central hub for multiple senior and youth services” and therefore, overhead costs could be minimized if recreation staff and senior service agencies were moved to the facility.
Besides reusing and preserving an existing facility, another reason to consider the plant, the presentation states, is its close proximity to some of the county’s largest employers and two other vacant manufacturing buildings.
The county notes that the TMD facility would provide “a perfect venue to showcase our beautiful county” for economic growth.
“A wellness facility would provide an additional selling point for increased employment as manufacturers seek to address rising health care costs,” the presentation states.
The plant’s proximity to the high school also will allow it to “feature indoor activities that will compliment our school system’s needs for indoor facilities,” according to the presentation.
It also notes that more than 20 acres of land at the site could be sold or used to meet the county’s need for additional outdoor recreational fields.
The center would be “a great venue to host basketball and soccer tournaments, concerts, as well as other types of events that involve county citizens and visitors from neighboring communities,” according to staff.
One of the primary reasons the plant is being considered, according to the presentation, is the cost-effectiveness to renovate it since it already has a number of amenities that are needed in a wellness center, including:
• Multiple offices with existing workstations;
• Wireless internet service and a facility-wide phone system;
• Large meeting rooms;
• State-of-the-art security and fire systems;
• A commercial kitchen and cafeteria;
• Elevator;
• Main entrance control desk;
• Two large locker rooms with lockers, showers and bathroom stalls;
• Multiple restrooms and hand-wash stations;
• Many windows for natural lighting;
• Ceiling height sufficient for basketball, rock climbing and indoor soccer;
• Fully handicapped accessible; and
• Plenty of parking for “very large crowds.”
The presentation also points out that the facility would offer easy access for the county’s increasing senior population, as well as “plenty of space to ensure seniors have their own areas for social and recreational activities.”
The size of the facility and its amenities also would make it a “perfect” facility to serve as an emergency shelter should one be needed, since it is centrally located, has an operational kitchen and a backup generator.
The facility also could be used for training seminars and educational classes, and provides space for a future indoor pool and other “attractions.”
“This is the only existing facility in our county available that can be readily converted into a multi-functional service center to meet multiple needs,” the presentation states. “TMD is easily accessible to the public and multi-services would allow citizens opportunities to get numerous needs met at one location.”
The plant also has the ability to have additional amenities added as they are needed or feasible, the presentation states.
“Depending on the purchase price for (the) facility and donations, (the) grand total could feasibly be in the range of three to four million dollars.”
Finally, county staff notes that an indoor wellness/recreation facility would be “the perfect compliment to Randolph Park and our bountiful outdoor recreation venues. Providing quality recreation has proven to be one of our county’s assets for improving the quality of life and increasing tourism.”
The presentation states that county citizens’ source of “entertainment and extracurricular needs should be local.”
The facility will “keep citizens in the county and will draw visitors from neighboring communities.”

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Many reasons why county wants TMD facility

Ask Pulaski County staff why the former TMD Friction plant would make a good Wellness/Recreation Center and they’ll give you 22 reasons – the first of which is “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!”
Besides being in the “center of Pulaski County,” a Powerpoint presentation providing an overview of the Wellness/Recreation Center concept points out that the 140,000-square-foot facility “offers a picturesque view of our beautiful mountains and valleys with ready access for citizens.”
The plant is on 30 acres in the Pulaski County Corporate Center industrial park near Pulaski County High School.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public comment period to gauge community interest in the project during its monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the County Administration Building on Third Street in Pulaski.
According to staff, another reason to consider the plant is that there is “an excellent opportunity” for the county to purchase the land and plant for “less than half its (tax) assessed value” of $7 million. Since TMD filed for bankruptcy, the property is scheduled to go on the auction block in late January.
Staff also points out it would “cost much more to build” a comparable facility, and “constructing a completely new facility does not seem feasible at this time due to significantly higher construction costs.”
The presentation goes on to state that the facility is large enough to be a “central hub for multiple senior and youth services” and therefore, overhead costs could be minimized if recreation staff and senior service agencies were moved to the facility.
Besides reusing and preserving an existing facility, another reason to consider the plant, the presentation states, is its close proximity to some of the county’s largest employers and two other vacant manufacturing buildings.
The county notes that the TMD facility would provide “a perfect venue to showcase our beautiful county” for economic growth.
“A wellness facility would provide an additional selling point for increased employment as manufacturers seek to address rising health care costs,” the presentation states.
The plant’s proximity to the high school also will allow it to “feature indoor activities that will compliment our school system’s needs for indoor facilities,” according to the presentation.
It also notes that more than 20 acres of land at the site could be sold or used to meet the county’s need for additional outdoor recreational fields.
The center would be “a great venue to host basketball and soccer tournaments, concerts, as well as other types of events that involve county citizens and visitors from neighboring communities,” according to staff.
One of the primary reasons the plant is being considered, according to the presentation, is the cost-effectiveness to renovate it since it already has a number of amenities that are needed in a wellness center, including:
• Multiple offices with existing workstations;
• Wireless internet service and a facility-wide phone system;
• Large meeting rooms;
• State-of-the-art security and fire systems;
• A commercial kitchen and cafeteria;
• Elevator;
• Main entrance control desk;
• Two large locker rooms with lockers, showers and bathroom stalls;
• Multiple restrooms and hand-wash stations;
• Many windows for natural lighting;
• Ceiling height sufficient for basketball, rock climbing and indoor soccer;
• Fully handicapped accessible; and
• Plenty of parking for “very large crowds.”
The presentation also points out that the facility would offer easy access for the county’s increasing senior population, as well as “plenty of space to ensure seniors have their own areas for social and recreational activities.”
The size of the facility and its amenities also would make it a “perfect” facility to serve as an emergency shelter should one be needed, since it is centrally located, has an operational kitchen and a backup generator.
The facility also could be used for training seminars and educational classes, and provides space for a future indoor pool and other “attractions.”
“This is the only existing facility in our county available that can be readily converted into a multi-functional service center to meet multiple needs,” the presentation states. “TMD is easily accessible to the public and multi-services would allow citizens opportunities to get numerous needs met at one location.”
The plant also has the ability to have additional amenities added as they are needed or feasible, the presentation states.
“Depending on the purchase price for (the) facility and donations, (the) grand total could feasibly be in the range of three to four million dollars.”
Finally, county staff notes that an indoor wellness/recreation facility would be “the perfect compliment to Randolph Park and our bountiful outdoor recreation venues. Providing quality recreation has proven to be one of our county’s assets for improving the quality of life and increasing tourism.”
The presentation states that county citizens’ source of “entertainment and extracurricular needs should be local.”
The facility will “keep citizens in the county and will draw visitors from neighboring communities.”

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