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Greensboro may purchase downtown YWCA building

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The City of Greensboro will likely become the new owner of the old YWCA building on North Davie Street in downtown Greensboro, according to Mayor Robbie Perkins and city councilman Zack Matheny.

A vote to buy the building is on the council's agenda for Monday night.

"If you think about the doughnut, you got the hole inside the doughnut -- and this is literally that spot. We own property all around this, so it's a very strategic piece of land for the city of Greensboro," Perkins said. 

The city owns the downtown Greensboro library, Cultural Arts Center, Greensboro Historical Museum and Festival Park -- each of which shares a border with the vacant YWCA building.

Perkins said the city council has agreed to buy the building and tear it down, but that's all they've agreed to do.  Matheny said he's working on more specific plans. 

"Tear the building down and open up more green space, included with Festival Park, and have more of the cultural aspect of what we can do in this area," Matheny said. 

In the long-term, Matheny said he wants the outdoor space adjacent to Festival Park to supplement a potential performing arts center.

"There is a place in Atlanta that has an amphitheater effect that people can view big screens -- and you saw an image of this in a performing arts center proposal -- that the performing arts center can be adjacent.  Folks can be in the park viewing the talent that's going on," Matheny said.

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