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County takes step toward HHS expansion

It's as common as tears at Move Up and senior play cameos by Bobby Wilkins to see Hendersonville High School students cross Ninth Avenue between Highway 25 and Oakland Avenue.

That would come to an end if the Hendersonville City Council endorses the request by the Henderson County Board of Commissioners to close that block. Taking a step toward a long-awaited HHS addition, commissioners on Monday asked the city to close the street. Commissioners and the School Board want the street closed for the expected new construction.
The county bought the Boyd Chevrolet dealership property for the HHS campus expansion last year. The dealership is moving to a new showroom and sales lot on Spartanburg Highway late this year or early 2014.
The School Board has ranked an HHS addition as one of the top priorities for school construction along with renovations at Edneyville and Upward elementary schools. County Commissioner Grady Hawkins, who serves on a school construction advisory committee with Commissioner Larry Young, said the School Board will receive proposals for the HHS work soon. School administrators said they expect to raze the Boyd dealership and use the land.
The Board of Commissioners closed on the $2.75 million purchase of the Boyd property a year ago after the Boyds agreed to a $10,000-a-month leaseback until the dealership moves.