Ground Breaking Ceremony
Father Martinez Senior Center
Renovation and Expansion Project
On May 3, 2010, the Department of Community and Human Development, along with Representative Eddie Holguin, hosted a Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Father Martinez Senior Center Renovation and Expansion Project.
In order to accommodate the amount of senior participants the center gets on a daily basis, Father Martinez Senior Center will begin a project funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a major source of funding for the City of El Paso. CDBG is an annual formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) available for designated low-and-moderate income communities.
The Department of Community and Human Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funded the project in the 34th CDBG Year (2008-2009) for a total of $784,670 to include: · conversion of the outdoor patios into an exercise room and dance studio;· expansion of the main hall and storage eastward by 3,000 sq. ft. to increase occupancy of the hall from 150 to 250 - 300 persons; removal of old vinyl flooring at the main hall and re-flooring the main hall and expansion area with matching vinyl flooring;· adding or enlarging existing restrooms as required by code; · installation of four security cameras in expansion area; removing existing playground and installing new ADA accessible playground and equipment east of the existing playground area to allow room for the new addition to the center; installing an 18” high rock wall around the playground and providing ADA accessible route from the existing sidewalk to the new playground area; installing a metal roof shade shelter at the playground area; and installing landscaping and modifying existing irrigation system around the new improvements.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a major source of funding for the City of El Paso. CDBG is an annual formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) available for designated low-and-moderate income communities. Funded projects include parks, street and drainage improvements, public facilities, housing, and social service programs. Since 1975, over $340 million of CDBG funding has been allocated toward the improvement and betterment of El Paso’s low-and-moderate income neighborhoods. CDBG gives the community the flexibility to decide how to meet the needs of low-and-moderate income neighborhoods and persons. CDBG public improvement projects improve safety and living conditions for low-income neighborhood residents. This program also increases recreational opportunities and enhances neighborhood pride. Community Development projects change the face of low-and-moderate income neighborhoods by providing decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families. It also provides needed funding to social service programs for low-income El Pasoans.