EAST CHICAGO | The City of East Chicago and the Department of Redevelopment re-opened the Bessie Owens Center last month after a renovation project was completed.
Residents attending the opening heard Mayor Anthony Copeland discuss the improvements and repairs to the facility.
The Bessie Owen Center, 4001 Alexander Ave., was closed temporarily due to health and safety concerns and has reopened after all concerns and risks have been addressed. The improvements include new heating and cooling systems as well as a complete repainting, resurfacing of the gym floor, a new reception area, and upgraded electrical and fire safety systems that meet code standards.
“We believe it was well worth the wait to open up a newly renovated, clean, and safe community building where neighbors can meet neighbors and continue the long traditions of this proud community," Director of Redevelopment Maria Becerra said.
Copeland stated, “People thought we closed the center down (permanently), but instead we took the time, evaluated the problems, eradicated them and created a safer environment for our children and seniors to enjoy. We hope to do the same in all of our centers.”