Officials threaten temporary closure of Mount Vernon tennis club, citing safety concerns

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MOUNT VERNON -

A popular tennis court located next to Mount Vernon's Memorial Field might be forced to close its doors.

Kela Tennis Club has been informed by a city attorney that their site may be too dangerous, and they've been given a deadline of March 1 to get off the land.

The club leases the space from the city, but top officials say a crumbling grandstand at Memorial Field that stands near the club's temporary bathrooms is in danger of collapsing.

They say because of the apparent danger, the club must shut down and be prepared to stay that way for several months.

The mayor's spokeswoman released a statement that seemed to contradict the letter sent to the club because it gives them more time to make the facility safe.

When asked to clarify the apparent contradiction, the spokeswoman declined to comment.

Councilman Andre Wallace says that he believes the call for changes are because the mayor is hoping to make room for an expanded track at Memorial Field.

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