City eyes Dickson Athletic Club for new senior center, owner says lower offer ‘not right’

The city’s proposed purchase of the Dickson Athletic Club to be converted into a new senior center passed a first vote by the Dickson City Council on Monday. Both the city senior center director and police chief said more space is needed in their departments, and believe buying the club building could help. 



a car parked in a parking lot: The Dickson Athletic Club in Dickson.


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The Dickson Athletic Club in Dickson.

However, the facility’s owner, Dan Smith, said he won’t accept the reduced offering price of $1.6 million determined by council members during the meeting. 

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The offer presented to the council Monday was $1.9 million for the 25,000-square-foot facility on 100 Payne Springs Road, alongside Highway 70 and across from the city’s Buckner Park. 

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Smith said he negotiated with city staff from his initial price of $2.4 million down to the $1.9

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