Two years without movement inside the Barnwell has left a building to deteriorate and plants inside a conservatory to die.
It was a conservatory that once bloomed with rare tropical plants is a dried up shadow of years past.
The city was the center's largest contributor, but as the purse strings tighten for basic upkeep and staff, Barnwell supporters are left with a monumental task for fund raising.
Excluding the conservatory costs go way up.
"It costs $55,000-$60,000 a year to turn the lights on," councilman Michael Corbin said.
The building itself is outdated and not up to ADA standards. That would be the first step in spending $1.5 million from the 2011 bond issue, however it'll actually cost around $4 million.
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