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South Huntsville community complex project set to move forward this week

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Work to create a community complex for south Huntsville will start soon at the old Grissom High School site.

The new Grissom High School is set to open this fall.

Huntsville City Council President Jennie Robinson has played a major role in the project. Robinson was on the school board when the new Grissom High School was proposed. She said she wanted to know how the old site could be used before she'd agree to the proposal.

With community input, the school system and the city created the idea of a community complex. Robinson said it will be a sort of "downtown" for south Huntsville.

Part of the existing building that will be knocked down will be replaced by a brand new south Huntsville library, three times larger than the existing one. Arts Huntsville will gain a performing arts center.

The athletic fields and basketball courts will become part of the Parks and Recreation Department. The plans include a walking path with exercise stations.

Robinson said the complex will be a hub for the community.

"The library will be like the community's living room. A place for people to gather. The performing arts center will give people a chance to look at all the talents of the young people here in town and provide, again, another gathering space. People will gather at the ball fields and the rec centers, the gyms," she said.

On Thursday, the Huntsville City Council is scheduled to vote to authorize the mayor to enter into agreements to get the demolition and renovation started.

The plan design was created by the engineering firm 4Site Inc.

The city takes control of the site in July.

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