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Mooresville to start renovations on former gymnastics school

Mooresville will start renovations and repairs next week on a former gymnastics school that the town is turning into a community center.

The town purchased The Gym Co. in December for $803,762, and because the building was in foreclosure the town also paid $49,827 in past due taxes, said Maia Setzer, Mooresville’s executive director of administration.

Thanks to the recession, The Gym Co. closed July 22, said the former owner, Marcia McNeil.

Wanda McKenzie, the town’s director of recreation, said the new facility will be called Talbert Road Community Center and feature two regulation-size basketball courts.

Jon Young, an engineer for the town, said he’s working with three contractors, including Mooresville-based PR Building Systems, in repairing the 21,000-square-foot building and adding equipment, including a new floor.

The two other contractors are Royal Wood Associates, which is based in Raleigh, and CLS Construction Supplies, which is based in Knoxville, Tenn. Young said the repairs and new equipment will cost about $280,000 and the new facility should open in about four months.

Sam Boykin can be reached at sam.boykin@mecktimes.com.

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