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A new, nearly $1 million youth center will be built near downtown Davenport next year. The center will be a “second home” to local children who need a safe place to have fun and learn valuable lessons. That’s the hope of Project Renewal officials who joined about 100 people late Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 29, to kick off work on the new Project Renewal Youth Center. (Project Renewal is a central Davenport youth organization that has helped young people for almost 50 years. It provides educational, recreational, social activities and more for children in the neighborhood.)Business and community leaders gathered on the chilly day at the center’s future site – a vacant lot at 513 Warren St., which is next to the Sister Concetta Park – for a blessing and ground-breaking ceremony for the 6,900-square-foot facility. If all goes according to plan, construction will begin on the youth center in the spring, and it will open as a “second home” to children by the fall, according to Alex Cahill, president of the Project Renewal Board of Directors. “For 49 years, Project Renewal has been present in this neighborhood, empowering children and families by acting as a loving presence and providing high-quality afterschool and summer programming for the students we serve,” he said. “The programs are free and dramatically impact the students.” Some of the planned features of the new youth center will include:
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- Space for health and wellness activities, such as physical fitness, dance and yoga.
- Space dedicated to science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs.
- The second floor of the youth center will feature two apartments, each with two bedrooms, a kitchen, living area and a bathroom. The apartments will be dedicated for on-site Project Renewal staff.
- The new center will include a detached garage, concrete patio, driveway and sidewalks.
- Projected construction cost is $972,850. Davenport-based Russell is building the center.
- Estimated completion date is fall of 2024.