Construction begins on giant chess board in Uptown Greenville

Construction begins on giant chess board in Uptown Greenville


BE SAYING ‘CHECK MATE…’ AS A MASSIVE CHESS BOARD MAKES ITS HOME ON THE FRONT LAWN OF THE SHEPPARD MEMORIAL LIBRARY. WORKERS BEGAN LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE BOARD TODAY… W-N-C-T’S COURTNEY ALLEN REPORTS. “workers are busy laying concrete today as the chess board outside sheppard memorial library in uptown greenville begins to take shape.” CONCRETE MIXER TRUCKS LINED EVANS STREET EARLY THIS MORNING… FILLING IN THE SQUARE IN THE FRONT LAWN OF THE LIBRARY WHERE THE 10 BY 10 BOARD WILL BE. COUNCIL MEMBER RICK SMILEY MAKING THIS PROJECT COME TO LIFE. HE SAYS THE GOAL OF THE BOARD IS TO CATCH PEOPLE’S EYE AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME INSIDE THE LIBRARY TO CHECK OUT A TRADITIONAL CHESS BOARD. HE HOPES FOR IT TO BECOME SOMEWHAT OF A CULTURAL ATTRACTION IN UPTOWN GREENVILLE. : “it is a defined place here in the city. Its something where people can look at it and say, yeah, I have seen that, I have driven by that, my kids go and play there. Place making is a big part of making interesting and exciting places.” THEY HAVE RAISED 10- THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE PROJECT… BUT ARE STILL ASKING DONATIONS TO PUT BENCHES AND OTHER THINGS AROUND THE BOARD. YOU CAN REACH OUT TO UPTOWN GREENVILLE… PITT COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL OR FRIENDS OF SHEPPARD MEMORIAL LIBRARY TO HELP OUT. “they still need to stain the concrete and and order a few materials. Weather-permitting, they expect the chessboard to be complete within a few weeks. In greenville, courtney allen, 9oys.” MORE PROGRESS UNDERWAY IN UPTOWN GREENVILLE. YOU ARE LOOKING AT VIDEO FROM THE STATE THEATER ON FIFTH STREET. WORKERS WERE OUT AND ABOUT TODAY… PLACING THE SIGN ON THE FRONT OF THE BUILDING. THE THEATER IS SET TO OPEN BY ITS FIRST SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 21ST. THE RENOVATION OF THE HISTORIC THEATER HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE 2016. ONCE OPEN, IT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE A CONSIDERABLE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS IN THE UPTOWN AREA. LIVE EYE 9 CAMERA Our

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