McFerrin gets new community center

Monday, September 19, 2005 at 1:00am

McFerrin Community Center, one of the most heavily used community centers in the Metro Parks system, is starting a $2 million makeover.

Conceptual design and layout plans for the new center will be on display at the current community center site, 315 Berry St. through Sept. 30 and online at

Curt Garrigan, Metro Parks assistant director for planning, said the old center would remain intact until the new 15,000-square-foot building opens.

The McFerrin Neighborhood Center serves the East Nashville community that houses the Sam Levy Homes.

The Metro Parks Master Plan of 2002 identified the need to enhance the center, but recommended a new building if the Sam Levy Homes got a HOPE VI redevelopment grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agency.

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) received a $20 million grant in 2003 and residents are getting ready to move back into the first finished section of the new neighborhood.

Garrigan said construction should start by January and the center should open by the end of next year.

Amenities of neighborhood centers generally include a gym, multi-purpose, fitness, game and arts & crafts rooms and some computers.

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