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New MLK will be more than just a new school building

January 13, 2013 10:04 am by

nbc12 has a good piece on 6th District Councilwoman Robertson’s Eastview meeting yesterday:

The construction of Martin Luther King Junior Middle School isn’t just for students. The complex is meant to be a community center as well.

Saturday morning, neighbors weighed in on what services they’d like to see offered there. Many ideas are brewing, and some are already being put into action.

A health clinic for residents is on the table, as well as programs offered by nearby universities and theater centers, job training for young adults and a comprehensive after-school program.

Richmond City Councilwoman Ellen Robertson of the 6th District says the Eastview neighborhood has traditionally had a challenging environment. She says children have grown up in public housing, near the city jail and a homeless center.

“This was forced upon the community,” said Robertson. “The community never embraced this. However, they’ve lived with it for years.”

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