Plain View community to get update on old school site

Grant details will be available

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The latest information on the plans for the old Plain View Elementary School location will be presented to during a public meeting on the project Tuesday night at 7 at the Plain View Community Center.

According to Plain View Community Coalition Treasurer Jim Schmidlin, the meeting will provide residents with several points of interest regarding the school site.

“We will use the meeting to review the community center,” Mr. Schmidlin said. “We will also discuss our upcoming fundraiser, which is a $1,500 raffle as well as the next phase of the park project.”

The project is currently in phase one of a three-phase plan which members of the coalition hope will lead to the development and construction of a new community park.

According to Mr. Schmidlin, phase one is over with the demolition of the old school.

“We have approached this project as a three-step process,” Mr. Schmidlin said. “Phase one was the tearing down of the gym. Phase two is the Memorial Wall and land use planning and phase three will be the construction of the park.”

In addition to giving an update on the construction itself, the coalition will also reveal details about a $40,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, which was recently awarded to the project.

“We’ll ask the community for any input on usages for the park,” Mr. Schmidlin said. “We have discussed a playground, a walking trail, space for the community to host a local farmer’s market and a multipurpose field to start youth sports for our community children again.”

After the meeting to discuss the project, Sampson County Commissioner Clark Wooten will discuss the importance of economic development to the vitality of the county’s rural communities.

He will also address the county’s efforts to promote economic development and solict public input on economic initiatives.

Commnissioner Wooten will use Tuesday’s meeting as part an ongoing series of such meetings being held in conjunction with municipal board meetings and community gatherings.

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