MONTICELLO – On a site of one the Village of Monticello’s original schools, a community center will be opening next week at St. John Street School.
“It’s going to be a very inclusive, iconic spot in the community,” said Martin Colavito, who will be the program manager for the Community Hub. “Hopefully it’s going to be something the entire community can utilize.”
The center, which is getting some help from Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be open from 1:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday, and offer youth programming such as board games and basketball.
Colavito is hoping the community center will have far-reaching effects on Monticello in the future.
“The dividends later down the road will be incredible,” he said. “It’s going to make our community healthier, and that’s the idea, that’s the celebration,” he said.
If the youth programs go well, senior programs and daycare possibilities may follow in the future, Colavito said.
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D-Forestburgh) is trying to secure $500,000 in state funding for the community center. She said the community center was needed in the village because there were no safe alternatives for children here. “What better usage can we have than keeping children in a safe environment? We’re going to do something different for the children of Sullivan County. Finally.”