Community Input Sought For Proposed Youth Center

Township Councilwoman Kimberly Francois said the first community visioning meeting is set for July 25.

The first of what could be two community visioning meetings for the proposed Lewis Street Youth Center is set for 7 p.m. July 25 at Franklin Middle School, 415 Francis St.

The center is targeted for a Lewis Street parcel that was once home to the Somerset Community Action Program. The building’s purchase, and its demolition, were funded as part of a $1.3 million bond ordinance approved by the Township Council in April, 2016.

The council at its April 25, 2017 meeting awarded a $25,000 contract to the Pennsylvania-based Kimmel Bogrette Architecture to conduct a feasibility study for the center.

Township Councilwoman Kimberly Francois, (D-At Large) who has been the center’s champion, said the meeting will “give the community an overview of the project, an opportunity to get community input from everybody on what the needs are, what types of programs there should be, what the design should be.”

The meeting, she said, “is one of probably two meetings we’re going to have where we get the community to come out and give input. I can’t stress how important this is to the future of our youth.”


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