Preserving a legacy: Resident pitches idea for Polk House

For decades, Greenwood residents flocked to the Polk Memorial Community House on Madison Avenue.

They boxed, swam and batted around volleyballs. They even practiced golf indoors.

Residents watched silent films, enjoyed community theater and checked out library books.

The 92-year-old building eventually became home to city government, where you go to pay a utility bill or give the Greenwood City Council a piece of your mind. But the city is moving into bigger, newer digs just down the street, and that’s raised a question about the future of the Polk Memorial Community House at 2 N. Madison Ave.

Greenwood plans to consider selling the building after most city government offices are moved into the Presnell Cos. tower at the southwest corner of Main Street and Madison Avenue. Attorney Sam Hodson, who’s handling the acquisition of the new city hall, said it wasn’t known how the building would be repurposed, but said it could be for condos or offices for private businesses.

A resident affiliated with the Restore Old Town Greenwood group presented an alternate idea: to restore the building as a community house. Travis Goff told the Greenwood City Council it should consider keeping the building, restoring it and turning it into a place where residents could gather.

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