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Mon December 5, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Task Force Looks to Reopen Lex. Community Center

A city-appointed task force is looking to resurrect the Charles Young Community Center on Lexington's east end. The group is recommending that the city retain ownership of the building but partner with local organizations to provide activities and programs.

The Charles Young Community Center, named for the first African-American to attain the military rank of colonel, has been dormant for three years, but the task force hopes to reopen the building for youth activities, senior citizens services, and possibly job training. First District Councilman and task force chair Chris Ford says the group is also recommending that the city appropriate $173-thousand dollars of grant funding for short-term facility improvements.

"There are still some questions to be had and we understand and respect that from the role of council in these tough time economically, but overall it's been received fairly well. I think that most impressive has been the engagement of the citizens, primarily in the east end," Ford says.

Ford says he plans to press the Urban County Council to adopt the recommendations at future meetings.