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Youth-center project reaches impasse

Published: Wed, July 21, 2010 @ 12:08 a.m.

By jeanne starmack



Building a new youth and community center is at an impasse, says the head of a committee that formed to explore starting one in the city.

But a search for money to buy and renovate the old Faith Temple Baptist Church building on Roosevelt Drive is continuing, said Dr. Robert Walls. The committee would like to house the center there until a new one can be built.

The committee, which formed in January, asked council in March for help getting government grants to build a new center.

Walls told lawmakers the city would have an easier time than the committee in applying for and winning grants.

The city decided in March to start looking for grants, compile what it found after 30 days and come up with a plan to act on the information.

Council President William VanSuch said Tuesday that hasn’t happened.

“There was no update to tell me where we stand on the situation,” he said.

Walls said he believes the impasse has happened because of disagreements among city officials, saying there must be cooperation for the plan to work.

“But I’m working with Neighborhood Ministries on a portfolio for foundations,” he said, to try to get enough money to buy the old church building and do renovations.

The portfolio is similar to a business plan, he added.

Neighborhood Ministries is an organization that offers family services in low-income neighborhoods. There is an office in Campbell near Kirwan Homes.

Representatives of the organization sit on the youth-center committee.

Mark Samuel, the organization’s director, said it will take care of developing a prospectus to submit to private foundations.


1theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

What a surprise, the city can't cooperate with anyone for the common good of the city.

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2marilyn99(20 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

The city finds money for everything else including new buildings downtown which is the last thing the city needs... but, a youth center? Come on, our teens need something more to do than walk the streets in droves and get into trouble. The city should be doing everything in its power to help establish a place for our kids to go and have a good, safe time. That is and should be a priority, not how preety downtown can be made. Face it, officials you need to prioritize... no one is coming back downtown with its outskirts crime ridden and dangerous to pass through to get to downtown and want to stay there. Fix whats broke and then it may be possible to get people downtown again. In the meantime, give our kids a place to play and to congergate where adults who care are watching over things and keeping it all good. Wake up, city planners and get a clue for Gods sake/ Marilyn

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3mrblue(1175 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Let's face it, city council doesn't have time for anything other than trying to figure out how to get the mayor to quit.

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