QUALITY OF LIFE
Segundo Barrio Library expands Technology Center
The Armijo Branch Library located at 620 E. 7th Avenue officially broke ground on a new Technology Center on Friday, January 29th, 2010. The new 1,600 sq-ft. addition will include space for 25 computer workstations available free to the public. The workstations will have free access to the Internet as well as the most popular business and office software.The project is funded in part by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year 34 which has provided $410,000 for project construction. The addition will be constructed on the north side of the library and will be approximately 1600 square feet with an ADA compliant ramp from the door of existing building to new addition. The addition will have pertinent HVAC capacity and enough space to add additional workstations in the future. The project is scheduled to be completed by June of 2010.
Since much of south El Paso still suffers from a digital divide, the additional resources at the Armijo Branch Library will allow Segundo and South El Paso residents to compete on a more level playing field for jobs or other opportunities. Additional workstations will also mean shorter wait times for residents using those resources. The new Technology Center will be an efficient, safe, and convenient environment for developing literacy and increasing economic opportunity.