New event center planned in Central

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Pickens County planning commissioners have approved a businessman’s plans for an event center on Pike Road in Central, provided certain conditions are met.

Property owner Steve Peckham presented his plans to the Pickens County Planning Commission during its March 12 meeting.

Some confusion over the nature of the project arose. Documentation presented to the commission listed the land-use request for the creation of a campground and RV park.

“We’re not an RV park,” Peckham said. “The planning department looked at what was the closest thing that they could call what we were doing. That was what they came up with. We’re not asking for an RV park. We would not put an RV park there.”

Peckham said he and his wife, Paula, would like to create a business on the 30-acre property that their daughters, who have special needs, can run.

“They are functioning enough to be a part of a home-based business,” Peckham said.

They decided on creating an event center with open pavilions and an amphitheater on the Pike Road property that Peckham said could host “meetings, parties, weddings — that sort of thing.”

“It’s more or less open barns that we’d be

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