Once targeted for demolition, Roeland Park Community Center now slated for improvements

first_imgRoeland Park Community Center offers a variety of programs for all ages.Two years ago the Roeland Park Community Center appeared doomed for the wrecking ball.It was saved in part because of a groundswell of community opposition. And this week the City Council appears to have come full circle when it agreed to move forward with phase one of improvements to address deferred maintenance and other functional improvements to the center. The improvements include exterior paint, improved drainage for the roof and parking lot, modifying the parking stalls, replacing tile floor in a bathroom and more.The MPR room, or large auditorium, at the community center is also expected to undergo several changes. The room, which is the largest and most frequently rented room, will receive a new display screen, projector and sound system. It will also receive a new HVAC system. City officials noted that starting work this spring – before the busy summer rental season begins – would be ideal. The existing HVAC system is believed to be about 28-years-old system and has had numerous makeshift repairs.The city also approved a feasibility study for the city engineer to study a trail connection between the community center and Nall Park. The overall work is expected to cost about $51,000. The city will pay for it by using sales tax dollars including about $60,000 that was saved last year when community center roof repairs came in well under budget.The improvements were a welcome sign for some City Councilors including Becky Fast, who sent an email to her constituents to celebrate the news this week. “Many residents have been fearful for the past two years that the Council would proceed with tearing it down,” she said.The demolition controversy started in 2013 when a developer proposed building senior housing for low and moderate income residents at the site. He also proposed tearing down the community center and rebuilding it at his expense.The plan was backed by former Mayor Adrienne Foster. However, citizens packed the meeting to protest the decision. They were outraged that the plan had been pushed through without public input or a formal bidding process.The change of heart, Fast said, shows just how powerful citizen input can be.“The governing body moving forward with improvements is definitely a departure from the past, Fast said, and highlights the importance of citizen input at meetings and through our strategic planning process.”last_img read more

Hue Jackson And The Browns Coaching Staff Reportedly “Irate” After Joe Haden Release

first_imgThe Browns kickoff in less than two hours and the rumor relating one a former Browns player.According to reports, Hue Jackson and the coaching staff was “irate” with the release of veteran cornerback Joe Haden. Haden had appeared to be healthier than years past and and looked better in pre-season. A lot of mixed reactions were felt when Haden was cut after the final pre-season game.Haden had been a member of the Cleveland Browns since 2010 and was a staple of the city of Cleveland, always seen at Cleveland sporting events and other events in the city.Well, no matter who feels what about the situation, it appears Haden is ready to ready to go for his first game as a Steeler.ITS GAMEDAY!!!!— Joe Haden (@joehaden23) September 10, 2017 Eli Mooneyham Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on AllSportsCleveland.com. He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.center_img Related TopicsJoe Hadenlast_img read more