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Pettaway Neighborhood Community Forum to discuss the Ida B. Wells Home for Pregnant Girls a proposed plan for Job Corps Building
When: 10:30 am, Saturday, March 2, 2013
Where: Media Room, Winthrop Rockefeller Elementary
and Early Childhood Magnet
700 East 17th Street, Little Rock, AR 72206
Purpose: Ida B. Wells Home For Pregnant Girls | A proposed plan for the old Job Corps Building (Corner of
Vance and East 21st Streets)
The Pettaway Neighborhood Association is hosting a community forum to discuss a proposal for the Job Corps Building located on the corner of Vance and East 21st Streets. Click here for a copy of the proposed mission statement/plan for the site: Ida B. Wells Home For Pregnant Girls.
The Ida B. Wells Home For Pregnant Girls is sponsored by Paradise Victory Cathedral World Ministries, a Texas Non-Profit corporation. It is an Arkansas Non-Profit Corporation whose mission is to provide a safe harbor, love, room and board and upward mobility for pregnant teens regardless of race, creed, color or religion. The faith-based mission of the Ida B. Wells Home is accomplished through the Daisy Bates “Bridge to the Future” Program.
Come, learn, ask questions and express your opinions. We look forward to seeing you.
Pettaway N.A. Meeting Thursday, February 21st, 6pm to discuss plans for Job Corps building with potential new owners
Pettaway N.A. will have it’s monthly Association meeting, 6pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013 at the East Broadway Alert Center (500 East 21st Street at Commerce Street). At this meeting Dr. Julius Larry III, representative for The Paradise Group LLC/Paradise Victory Cathedral World Ministries (Houston, TX) will their plan (Ida B. Wells Home For Pregnant Girls) for the old Job Corps Building. Currently, a sign affixed on the building states “sale pending” for the property. Come hear and share your thoughts regarding the potential new owners of the Job Corps building and their plan for it as well as other news and happenings in the community.
We look forward to seeing you.
The following article appeared in today’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette regarding the Job Corps building.
Here’s an excerpt from the article.
Job Corps building secured, but neighbors still irked, by Claudia Lauer
The owners of the former Job Corps building on Vance Street in little Rock boarded up and secured the windows and doors over the weekend, delaying a request from neighbors to tear down the structure they call an unsafe eyesore.
City Manager Bruce Moore said during a city directors meeting Tuesday that representatives of owner Remi Enterprises Inc. of San Antonio, have talked about turning the building into an apartment complex, but have not submitted formal plans for approval. The group bought the building from the General Services Administration in 2010 for about $850,000.
The Pettaway Park Neighborhood Association met last month to discuss the eight story building that was once in line to become a day resource center for the homeless. The association made an official request that the city move forward with tearing it down because of safety concerns with borken windows and asbestos.
Mayor Mark Stodola asked code enforcement officials to request that the owners clean up the parking areas and landscaping around the building to make it more presentable for neighbors. He also requested information on the plan to turn the building into an apartment complex and the procedure for possibly seeking a condemnation in the future.
“I’ve asked for estimates on demolition costs. The city has never demolished a building of this size,” he said. “I’ve also asked that we be updated on the progeress and to see the conceptual framework for their plan.”
Ward 1 City Director Erma Hendrix said she was not satisfied with the board’s response to complaints about the building, (Click here to read the rest of this article)
Pettaway Neighborhood residents met at the monthly association meeting to discuss among other things the dilapidated and unkempt Job Corps Building.
“Enough is enough,” Planning Commissioner Keith Fountain and other residents of the Pettaway Neighborhood Association say: It’s time for the city to condemn the vacant and derelict Job Corps building at 21st and Vance and bulldoze it.
Fountain has witnessed thefts from the building with his own eyes. Windows have been knocked out and partially boarded up, and transients have lived in the building and set fires, Fountain said.
City Director Erma Hendrix raised the Job Corps issue at the Pettaway’s monthly meeting tonight at the 21st Alert Center, and several residents spoke in favor of tearing down the building. (One Central High school student, Arkiterea Harmon, suggested the building be rehabilitated for kids who have aged out of the foster care system, but, Hendrix told her, the asbestos and bad condition of the city would prevent that.) A refrain was that the eyesore, visible from Interstate 30 and 630, puts Little Rock in a bad light and expressed doubt that such a building would be allowed to stand in a more affluent neighborhood.
Pettaway residents will be circulating petitions to collect signatures from residents of Pettaway and neighboring communities such as Hanger Hill and Granite Mountain who are also dismayed by the long-standing condition of the Job Corps building. This community coalition will present the petition with collected signatures to the next City of Little Rock Board of Directors Meeting February 1, 2012.
Petitions will be available at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st. Street on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
For more information contact Carol Tabron, Pettaway Association President at email@example.com and Maggie Hawkins, East Broadway Alert Center Facilitator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501.376.3406.