The MACK: Who do we serve?
McCormick County is a community of endless potential and opportunities. With a fresh community branding platform, and an increase in cultural development and appreciation, we are certain our community will be able to achieve greatness. Your support would have a massive impact to a deserving area.
McCormick County is a rural community located in the most western portion of South Carolina, within the Upstate region. The estimated population of McCormick County is just over 10,000. The median age in McCormick County is 51.2 years, which is significantly higher than South Carolina (38.4) and nation (37.6). While the total population is projected to remain steady, the residential population ages 60 to 70 is projected to continue to increase.
The 2013 per capita income in McCormick County is $19,841, which is well below South Carolina ($23,532) and the U.S. ($27,567). As of 2012, an estimated 14.1 percent of McCormick County residents were living below the poverty level. More than 26 percent of McCormick County residents have earned an associate’s degree or higher, which is much lower than the state (32.8 percent) and U.S. (35.4 percent). Of those 9.3 percent earned an associate’s degree, 10.6 percent earned a bachelor’s degree and the remaining 6.4 percent earned a graduate degree or higher. Only 17 percent have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. McCormick County’s racial composition is nearly equally split between White/Non-Hispanic (49 percent) and Black/Non-Hispanic (48 percent). Of the current 789 students currently enrolled at MSD, 91% are registered with the Community Eligibility Program. 82% are african american and there is a very low percentage of other minority students. This community is typically underserved and suffers economically.
The MACK Restoration Project
The MACK Restoration Project includes three defined phases to address the pressing needs for this heritage site and community facility. The first phase is entitled “Achieving Accessibility” and addresses critical needs to include electrical upgrades necessary to support an elevator, an elevator installation to include the related restroom needs and a reformation of the front porch entrance. In order to make the entire building accessible on all levels, according to ADA compliance, an elevator will need to be installed in the building. Preceding this major step for this facility, the necessary electrical upgrades must be achieved. After careful consideration of the existing structure and function of interior space as well as the historic character of the building, the elevator tower should be constructed according to a conditions report provided by the Boudreaux Group.
By achieving ADA compliance and accessibility, we will be able to increase programming, ability to rent studio and classroom space and gain steps toward being a fully functioning facility.
A very special “Thank You” to the Yoder Rosenburg.