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Work is nearing completion on the Mary C. Jenkins Community and Cultural Center in advance of its grand opening in October.

Final work on the new Mary C. Jenkins Community and Cultural Center continues on Mills Avenue as the new resource in Brevard’s Rosenwald community prepares for its grand opening scheduled for Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.

“We would love for this building to be used by members of the community as a meeting space for the special moments in their life,” said Community Center Director Tyree Griffin. “Our desire is for this community center to be a tool used to partner with different leaders and organizations to better the community of Brevard.”

The original center opened in 1952 and hosted community events until it fell into disrepair and was closed in 2008 and later demolished. The new building includes a kitchen, two meeting rooms, sound system and a larger multi-purpose room with a stage will soon be available for hourly rental by individuals, businesses and organizations once final rates are approved by Brevard City Council at its next meeting.

“We’re not expecting this to be a money-making effort,” said Brevard City Manager Wilson Hooper, “but we know we can set the rates as low as we think is reasonable to meet the goal of accessibility to everyone in the community.”

The center will available for use Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Members of the Rosenwald Community Advisory Board met Thursday and are excited about what the new building will mean for both the city and the people who use it.

“We want the community to own this center and feel like it was created and built for them,” said Victor Foster, Sr. “It’s a joint effort and it’s about our working relationship between the city and the Black community.”

Construction of the center’s adjacent parking lot is not expected to be completed until December and overflow parking for the center is being offered on a temporary basis by Bethel “A” Baptist Church directly across from the Silversteen Playground.

“We’re really grateful and appreciative of the effort of everybody that’s been working on this project. It’s coming together because it was worth fighting for,” said co-chair Randy Lytle.

Reservations for events at the center will be available starting Oct. 24. For updated information on the Mary C. Jenkins Community & Cultural Center, visit www.marycjenkins.org.

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