Long-awaited groundbreaking at Longfellow set for Sept. 16

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Groundbreaking for the Journey House Center for Family Learning and Youth Athletics will take place on Sept. 16, at Longfellow Elementary School, 1021 S. 21 St., in Clarke Square. The new addition, a collaboration of Longfellow School and Journey House, will serve the two institutions by providing a new cafeteria, kitchen, gym, computer labs and classrooms.

Although the groundbreaking was originally scheduled for early spring, financing issues delayed it until the fall.

The occasion will be marked by a ceremony beginning at 10 a.m., and followed by the official groundbreaking at 10:30. Once it is complete, Journey House will sell the buildings housing its Youth Center, 2212 W. Greenfield Ave., and Adult Learning Center, 1900 W. Washington St., and run those programs from the new structure. The addition will culminate a 12-year journey toward a new center for both Longfellow and Journey House.

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