FY 2014 Capital Budget Amendment to be Introduced to Support Improvements to the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center

Posted on  09/18/2013 2:01 pm

Wilmington City Council President Theo Gregory has followed through on a pledge he made during the FY 2014 budget process to support improvements to the City’s William “Hicks” Anderson Center (WHACC) by preparing a $2 million Capital Budget amendment for introduction before City Council. Gregory said the money will position the City to implement the findings of a task force that will study the future of the center over the next several months. A task force was suggested earlier this summer by City Council and announced in mid-August by the Mayor. The group is scheduled to issue its report on the future of the center in June of 2014.

“Traditionally, Wilmington goes to the bond market every two years or so to fund needed City projects, so this is the perfect time to get some money in place so we can act on the task force recommendations without delay,” said the Council President. “It is clear to most of us that the community center needs some major improvements sooner rather than later. The task force could recommend anything from extensive renovations to the current center to the construction of a new center,” the Council President continued. “Either way, the City should have the funding in place to begin the work as soon as possible.”

The Council President’s budget amendment will be introduced at Thursday’s City Council meeting by Finance Committee Chair Charles “Bud” Freel and will be assigned to Freel’s committee for review before it is scheduled for a final vote.

The William “Hicks” Anderson Center is located at 501 North Madison Street in the City’s West Center City neighborhood and is the City’s only community center but serves children and families from throughout the City. It was built in 1973. In 1993, the center was named for long-time civil rights, education and community activist William Herbert Anderson who was known as “Hicks” and also known for his aggressive advocacy of children, families and working people.

The WHACC Task Force was created through an Executive Order by the Mayor in mid-August but its membership has not yet been announced.