EVANS TO HOST COMMUNITY CENTER GRAND OPENING AND ROAD CEREMONY

EVANS TO HOST COMMUNITY CENTER GRAND OPENING AND ROAD CEREMONY

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans, who represents District 4, will preside over the grand opening ceremonies for the new Organ Community center at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26. He also will preside over ground-breaking ceremonies for Roadway B improvements in the community. Refreshments will be served. The ceremony will take place at 5880 Second St. in Organ.

At 2,500 square feet, the new Organ Community Center is quadruple the size of the building it replaces. Using funding secured by Rep. Nate Cote, Doña Ana County was able to purchase a modular building that will be used to host community meetings, health fairs, youth programs, senior programs and other events.

“I’m delighted that Doña Ana County was able to team with Rep. Cote and Sen. Dianne Duran to bring this community center to the people of Organ,” Evans said. “The storied history of this community and of the old facility will be well-served with a modern facility that can enhance community cohesion in eastern Doña Ana County.”

During the 2008 legislative session, Doña Ana County staff lobbied for the funds to replace the old cinder-block building. Cote and Duran secured $120,000 to augment $75,000 in available county funds. The new building, at 60 x 36 feet, is ADA compliant and features a large conference room and three classrooms.

In conjunction with the grand opening of the new building, a ground breaking will be held for Roadway B in Organ for roadway and drainage improvements, with an estimated value of $300,000, funding for which also was secured by Cote.

Roadway B will be converted from dirt to asphalt, with concrete curbing and 1,780 linear feet of paving. The project starts at U.S. 70 and continues the length of the road. Roadway A is next in line for similar improvements.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.