Southern Barton Heights is a neighborhood with few options. There are few businesses, fewer recreation options, and nowhere except the streets to hang out. This leads to a massive amount of police harrassment of folks who are just hanging out and socializing, a lack of cohesiveness and communication within our community, and few safe places for children to play.
The need for a community center is an oft-talked about situation in Barton Heights, but none has really been forthcoming. The neighborhood association drags its feet around and talks about how “someone should make such-and-such into a community center” or “couldn’t someone use this building for free community events,” and so on, but nothing is ever actually DONE to facilitate a neighborhood community center.
We would like to change that.
We currently have the opportunity to purchase a condemned building for fifteen thousand dollars. It’s over 3,000 square feet and would make a GREAT community center. Its condemned status doesn’t bother us in the least. The Wingnut was condemned when we first bought it, and we got it fixed and up to code in 7 months. We know about construction, one of us is a licensed contractor, and we bust our asses to get things done. Just about anyone who knows us can attest to that.
We have five thousand dollars available. We were hoping to be able to use it as a down payment and get a mortgage loan, but the type of loan we are able to get for the building requires us to also borrow enough money to cover construction/repair costs AND prohibits us from doing the repairs ourselves. Yeah. Right.
So basically we’re at a point where we’re asking for loans from anyone might have some spare cash on hand. We’d really like to get this building FAST, because so far the only people who’ve come to look at it are very clearly speculative investors, and while so far none of them have made offers on it, it won’t stay that way forever.
If you’d like to help us out, get in touch and let’s talk. Got 50 bucks? 200? 2000? The whole 10k? Let’s make this shit work.
Always in solidarity,
The Wingnut Anarchist Collective