Young Center Ready To Serve Community Again

Oct 22, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A historic building in downtown Lexington’s East End neighborhood has new life thanks to community volunteers and city officials.  The previously shuttered Charles Young Community Center was officially re-opened over the weekend.

Facility Manager Dr. Regina Berry, says the building, which was closed in 2008, has been renovated and refurbished.

"The roofing was redone.  There was plumbing, electrical work...there's been painting, replacement of the tile the gymnasium they had to replace some of the gym flooring, so it's been an extensive amount of work that's been done...and a lot of cleaning."

Advisory Board Chair Dr. Alvin Seals says the Young Center will offer a variety of programs and activities.

"We'll provide programming around basketball, dancing, possibly even dental clinics here and other related types of services that will be scheduled."

The Young Center will also be home to a number of service providers including the Community Action Council, Professional Life Coach Dr. Shambra Mulder, the Lexington-Fayette County Office of Aging, and the Center for Family and Community.

The Charles Young Community Center was constructed in the mid-1930’s in honor of Kentucky native Charles Young, the first African American to achieve the rank of Colonel in the U-S military.  For years it stood as the primary indoor facility for Lexington's African American community.