Homer Education and Recreation Complex

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It’s still undecided who will be on the Homer Education and Recreation Complex task force. The Homer City Council decided to form the task force last month in order to evaluate how much it will cost to bring the HERC up to code and whether the city should lease or sell the building among other questions.

Mayor Bryan Zak recommended appointing seven people to the task force Monday, including five Homer residents and two non-residents.

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The question of what to with the Homer Education and Recreation Building, better known as the HERC, has been a heated subject for years. The former school building isn’t up to code and the city has mulled over whether to remodel the building, convert it into a new police station or simply sell the property.

The City of Homer Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission is working through recommendations on what to do next. It held tours of the HERC Wednesday as a way to inform the public on the cost and benefits of all the options and receive input. 

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The Homer City Council held a work session with the Park, Arts, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission Monday to discuss the future of the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the HERC.

The city has debated what to do with the former school for years as bringing the building up to code and maintaining the building becomes more expensive.  Still, a vocal part of the community fights to keep it open, noting the importance of a recreational space.