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City of South Bend to hold ‘Build the Dream’ meetings ahead of MLK Center renovation

City of South Bend

The city of South Bend is holding a series of public meetings to “re-envision” the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center on the city’s west side. 

South Bend Mayor James Mueller first announced the center’s renovation during his State of the City address last summer.


“The time is ripe to transform the King Center to a dream center at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park,” Mueller said in July. “We can build a world-class, intergenerational community center, inspiring hope for us all.”


Mueller said the redeveloped “Dream Center” could house everything from small businessincubation and educational opportunities to health resources, recreational activities and creative programming.


City leaders budgeted $11 million for the renovation late last year and recently hired Indianapolis-based firm Meticulous Architecture + Design to design the project.


The city will hold three public meetings – on Jan. 10, Feb.10, and March 10 – to hear what programming and improvements community members would like to see at the new center.


All meetings will take place at 6 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center (1522 Linden Ave.) Masks are strongly encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Participants can also attend virtually via Microsoft Teams.


Contact Gemma atgdicarlo@wvpe.orgor follow her on Twitter at@gemma_dicarlo.


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