Friday November 27th, 2020 11:51PM

Forsyth County community building faces unknown future

Forsyth County commissioners may terminate a long-term lease on a community building near Chestatee Elementary School on Keith Bridge Road.
During the recent work session, Park and Recreation Director Jim Pryor spoke to leaders about the history of the building. He explained that in 1988, "The Women's Club in northeast Forsyth was formed and needed a place to be. The county went to the school board and the school, Chestatee Elementary School, carved out a small portion of their parking lot and allowed the county to build a $10,000 building there for the group to meet for programs."

Pryor explained that former county leaders created an auto-renewing five-year lease with the school board. All the leaders in attendance agreed that the Chestatee Community building needs around $100,000 in repairs and upgrades and would need additional funds allotted to be able to be ADA compliant.

Pryor told commissioners, "We don't have any need for it. So I wanted to bring it to the board and recommend that we terminate the lease on the building."

County leaders also plan to find a new meeting place at one of the local parks for the AA group that gathers at the building three times a month.

By terminating the lease, the Forsyth County School Board would need to make decisions about the future of the building.

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