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Council to hear recommendations on community center

The Charles Young Community Center in Lexington hasn't been used in years. That's something a task force hopes to change.

The task force was appointed by the vice mayor in February to examine the future of the Charles Young Community Center. The center is named after the third African American to graduate from West Point.

In the past the center was used for social events and educational programs but it's been vacant for several years. The task force, led by Councilman Chris Ford, has a number of recommendations to the city. First, they recommend the city should retain ownership of the center and establish an advisory board similar to the ones many other community centers have.

They also want to turn nearby green space into off street parking and use grant money to make improvements to the building including making it handicapped accessible.

They hope these changes could lead to the center being reopened, hopefully giving young people in the area a safe haven full of activities. Activities that would keep them off the street and out of trouble.


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