Work could begin sometime this summer on the construction of a new 15,000 square foot Singing Arrow Community Center on the southeast side of Albuquerque.
The $5 million project will go up just to the south of the Four Hills Village Center and is designed to replace the current center within the borders of the Singing Arrow Park.
Initially, city officials had planned to simply renovate the existing community center, which is actually made up of two structures, but an assessment study released in 2013 said that a larger facility could serve more people in a part of Albuquerque where nearly a third of residents have incomes of less than $25,000.
The current centers hosts a number of recreational events for area youths, while also housing community meeting rooms, a computer room, and lab space.
A blueprint for the new center, as developed by the Albuquerque-based Consensus Planning, shows a facility with classrooms, game rooms, offices, and storage space, among other features, as well as outdoor recreation space.
Funding for the project is coming from General Obligation Bonds earlier approved by Albuquerque voters, as well as State of New Mexico capital outlay funds.
By Garry Boulard
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