A CELEBRATORY cloud of dirt was shoveled into the morning sunshine by a host of elected officials, leaders of City departments, and representatives of youth advocacy organizations at Tuesday's groundbreaking of the Southside Teen Center.
Various parties have advocated and planned the Teen Center for at least a decade. The groundwork earned $6.8 million of funding by the State Legislature, and $3.2 million was unanimously allocated by the Governing Body last week. Construction of the facility is expected to be complete by May of 2023.
“This is a great day for the teens of Santa Fe and a great day for future generations,” said Councilor Christopher Rivera.
Councilor Roman "Tiger" Abeyta said four years ago he expressed to Mayor Webber that building the Teen Center would be his top priority as Councilor – "and here we are today breaking ground."
Located across Country Club Rd. from the Southside Public Library, the center will include a gym, game room, arts and crafts space, a dance and performance studio, and an outdoor sports area/soccer field. The 17,000 square foot building will be LEED-certified Silver for sustainability.