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Ground Breaking For Community Renovation Plan
PRICE HILL, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- The Price Hill Rec Center will be closed for 14 or 15 months before the new facility will open its doors.
Tonaruse Witherspoon's worked with the kids here for 13 years. Everybody just calls him "Spoon."
He says he's worried about what will happen to the kids during that long year.
It's real tough. This like I say is kind of a safe haven for them. If they don't have food at home they come here, when they need something they come here. With us being gone they won't have that and it's goint to be really tough on them.
But there's no arguing this community needs a new rec center.
Joe Lewis Brown (named for the fighter) is the maintenance guy at the current Rec Center. He says keeping it going has been, It's a job...real tough job.
To show you an example of just how seriously this building needs to be redone take a look at the cracks in these walls. These walls are so cracked not only can you see daylight through here, you can just about get your fingers through them.
Today city and community officials symbolically smashed a wall to kick off the 4 million dollar renovation.
When finished there will be a new fitness center here, a new pool and a renovated gym. And this is just the latest big Price Hill project.
There's a 50 million dollar incline district development underway with businesses and homes. There will be a three million dollar streetscape along Price Avenue and more to come.
All of this ties into the development of the incline business district which is essentially going to link the traditional business district on Warsaw Avenue over to Price Avenue and connect into the area around Queen's Tower where they are developing the new incline theater.