Groups set to gather signatures in activities center debate

Supporters and opponents of a proposed $10 million Center Grove student activities center are seeking signatures from residents both for and against the project.

Both sides are seeking as many signatures as possible in dueling petition drives, as part of a petition and remonstrance process. Resident Frank Rossa got 100 signatures to start that process because he wanted people to be able to weigh in on the project. Because the project does not cost more than $10 million, it does not need to go to a public vote for approval.

Rossa has said the facility is not needed and too expensive. Supporters, led by resident and local developer Billy Bemis, say the center is needed because of the number of academic clubs and athletic teams that are in need of space to practice daily.

Both sides have 30 days to collect signatures. Whoever gets the most signatures by the deadline Dec. 14 wins.

If supporters win, the facility with four basketball courts and a six-lane track can be built. If opponents win, the fieldhouse project will be delayed for at least a year.

To get more information, visit the websites and Facebook pages both groups have created. The group supporting the new facility has set up supportcg and a Facebook page called “Support CG students.” The opposition group is creating a website at cg and has a Facebook page called “Center Grove Accountability.”

Both groups have set up events where people can drive up, sign a petition and leave.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.