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Will Calexico renovate community center?

May 13, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — The City Council here, seated as the city Redevelopment Agency board, could finally decide Tuesday whether to renovate the 34-year-old Jose B. Rodriquez Community Center or build a new facility.

The RDA board meets at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, 608 Heber Ave.

In September of last year the board talked about spending $600,000 to retrofit the aging facility on Dool Avenue. That money would have been spent on new bathrooms featuring access for disabled persons, a new roof and new divisions in the building to facilitate more events.

No action was taken. The board instead concentrated on fixing the roof at Camarena Memorial Library and finishing Nosotros Park, among other expenditures.

Months later, when the issue of the center was broached again, some community members questioned the wisdom of sprucing an old building to the tune of $600,000 when a new building could be built for a similar amount of money. The issue has simmered on the city's back burner since then.

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Tuesday it will be brought to the front when the RDA board decides whether it wants to spend $80,000 to fix the center's roof.

Interim city Redevelopment Director Ralph Morales was asked this morning if the RDA board's decision to consider fixing the roof means it won't talk about replacing the building.

Morales said the board could decide to spend something like $600,000 to fix the roof and build new bathrooms or discuss building a new facility.

"That's what they are going to have to decide," he said.

>> Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or aclaverie@aol.com

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