Trees obscure civic center's beauty, officials say

'The architecture is unbelievably great'
Jun. 12, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Trees and shrubs keep the public from being able to see what an architectural gem the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center is, say those in charge of its upkeep, but they have a plan to fix that.

At a meeting Wednesday of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s board of trustees, trustee Brent Kincaid held up an advertisement for the civic center featuring a black ink drawing of the building that highlighted its odd angles and shape.

“That’s what we bought,” Kincaid said of the building, which formerly was a showroom for Fairfield Chair Co. “It’s a fantastic building, and the architecture is unbelievably great. It’s now hidden to the public. If we could get back somewhere near to this, that would be fantastic.”

Kincaid said the shrubbery and trees around the building need to be removed or trimmed.

He said he received community support after asking for additional funds in the budget for the project at May’s board of trustees meeting.

“I’ve had more comments . . . than anything I have said ever here. I’ve had people call me and say, ‘Thank you. It really needs some help,’” Kincaid said.

College President Ken Boham said that some improvements have already been made without moving additional funds in the budget. Previously, Kincaid had requested the board to consider adding $10,000 to $15,000 to local budget requests for the make-over.

Boham said that CCC&TI’s “award-winning landscaping program” can take on the task.

“We’ve been able to do, within the budget we have, there’s been some tree removal there, there’s been some pruning, and we’re continuing to look at how we can spruce up to make the Civic Center look good,” Boham said.