Abandoned Detroit church to transform into community center

Community center to include 5 preschool classrooms

DETROIT – An abandoned Detroit church will receive a new lease on life as plans launch to transform the building into a community center.

The neighborhood where Rose Parks grew up, which has faced its share of hardships, is watching as renovations turn the abandoned church into a community center that should bring hope for a bright future.

"In a community full of blight and what people may say, darkness, this will be a little bit of light," said Pandora Beauford.

The Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation is working towards raising $50,000 to go toward renovating the abandoned church at 1550 Taylor in Central Detroit.

The center will have a preschool with five classrooms, but it will also be a great place for adults to use.

"To have a place where they can locate, come and congregate," said Lisa Johanon, executive director of CDC. "Where we can have a preschool. Where we can have a dental clinic. Where we can offer all kinds of services for our community."

The center will also include a full size gym, so even teenagers will get use of the community center.

"We see so many abandoned houses of schools right next door to know that there's something that's going to be open, and it's for the community," said Tanisha Finley, CDC program parenting director. "It's going to be a great deal."

Construction is scheduled to finish in November and preschool and day care classes are expected to start in January.

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