A month after backing away from a decision to demolish the Malcolm Yonge Gym, the Pensacola City Council, meeting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board, voted to move forward with the demolition of the city-owned building in a 4-2 vote.
The Council also voted 6-0 Tuesday to spend between $125,000 and $175,000 to conduct a full building assessment on the Cobb Resource Center to ensure it won’t have the same fate as the Malcolm Yonge Gym.
The Cobb Center, built in 1966, has a similar design to the Malcolm Yonge Gym, built in 1961, but is in much better shape. The city conducted at least two rehabilitations of the Cobb Center in the last 30 years that expanded it into a full community center, according to News Journal archives.
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