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Mayor Tim Keller, Councilor Isaac Benton Unveil Expansion of Dennis Chavez Community Center

$1.3 million expansion to bring much need community space to the South Broadway Neighborhood, 4,500 square feet added to historically underserved community center

Mayor Tim Keller, City Councilor Isaac Benton, and City leaders unveiled the expansion of the Dennis Chavez Community Center in Albuquerque’s historic South Broadway neighborhood. The renovations added nearly 4,500 square feet to the existing building to expand the services and programming in the area.

“We are delivering with investments in neighborhoods across Albuquerque, especially those that have been overlooked for too long,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Growing up here and having our own kids in youth programs, we know that community centers provide such important services to families, youth and seniors. We’re grateful that the voters approved the bond package that helped us make this a reality.” 

Phase II upgrades include:

  • Spacious fitness center
  • Full size warming kitchen with amenities
  • Multi-purpose room
  • Art room with walk-in closet and beautiful park views

“From very humble beginnings, DCCC has ably served the South Broadway neighborhood. It’s exciting to see this culmination of years of work to modernize it.” Said District 2 City Councilor Isaac Benton.

This larger and much improved facility will assist in providing community programming such as after school meals and family events. Adult and senior programming will soon include pickup basketball, basic computer classes, GED courses, Zumba/Yoga classes, and more. The facility is also available for neighborhood and community meetings.

The Dennis Chavez Community Center went for years without meaningful investments and upgrades, only receiving a gym and computer lab in 2017. After those initial improvements, the City went to the voters to approve funding for the major phase two improvements unveiled today.

“We are making community centers around the city better places for our residents,” said Department of Family and Community Services Director Carol Pierce. “The additional space at this center allows us to improve how we can serve the people of Albuquerque.”

More information on the Dennis Chavez Community Center here.



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