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      Florence to get parking decks and gym near downtown

      Florence City Council gave the green light to building two parking decks and a new gymnasium near downtown during its meeting Monday.

      Council plans to spend about $17.5 million in bonds to fund the projects.

      Earlier this year, the city announced plans to build two parking garages in the downtown area after concerns from residents about the lack of parking spaces.

      One garage will be built behind the Florence City County Complex building on South Irby Street. The second will be near the upcoming Florence County Museum on Dargan Street.

      The parking decks will cost up to $6 million.

      The $4 million gymnasium could go up near the Barnes Street Activity Center. It's expected to have a multipurpose concept.

      No word on when construction will start on the projects.