Two years later, Dorchester County residents still waiting on community aquatic center

Published: Jul. 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - November 2012.

That's when voters in Dorchester District 2 said yes to a referendum that would construct a $7.5 million dollar community aquatic center, as part of a near $200 million dollar school improvement project.

The center, which represents a partnership between the school district and the Summerville YMCA, would also implement Learn to Swim programs for second and third grade students in DD2 schools.

Fast forward to summer of 2014, district officials are pleased with progress on four new schools, but have yet to decide on a location or start date for the multi-million dollar aquatic facility.

Among locations proposed in the original plans were Summerville neighborhoods Oakbrook, and Pine Trace behind The Coastal Center.

A North Charleston county council member confirmed taxpayers were not being taxed the annual $2 fee for the center, but expressed frustration the project had yet to break ground.

That anxiety was shared by community member Ken Eliason, who lives within walking distance of the proposed OakBrook site.

"If you're going to build it, get on with it," he said.

Several sources mentioned Summerville's YMCA at The Ponds as a likely site for the new aquatic center.  The district has yet to confirm any locations.

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