Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:20 am | Updated: 9:37 am, Tue Sep 11, 2012.
A promised Santa Ana community center in a low-income neighborhood took a major step toward construction this month when the City Council approved a reimbursement agreement to fund the center.
The 10,000 square-foot, two-story facility is to be built at Garfield Elementary School, which is near a mixed-use housing development known as the Station District. A first-floor multi-purpose room would be accessible to the general public during afterschool hours, while the second floor would be “available at all times,” a city staff report states.
If the center is built, the city will have at least partially delivered on a promise to an activists’ coalition known as Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Government (SACReD) that some members had feared wouldn’t be kept.
The reimbursement agreement provides Santa Ana Unified School District with $2.8 million in federal funds to build the center. City officials have also used such joint-use agreements to provide more open space in a city that is known as park-poor.
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