The Town of Wake Forest is inviting area residents to the grand re-opening of the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The event is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The special ceremony will include remarks from Mayor Vivian Jones and Recreation Advisory Board Chair Sandy Thomason, as well as an official ribbon cutting and refreshments. Following the ceremony, visitors will have the opportunity to tour the remodeled facility.
The $650,000 renovation was funded through the town’s Capital Improvements Plan and a $165,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded to Wake County from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In addition to providing a more welcoming, customer-friendly environment, the renovation features the addition of two meeting rooms, a stage and performance area. Altogether, more than 1,350 square feet have been added to the building, and more than 2,900 square feet of the existing facility was renovated.
Additional enhancements to the center include a new roof, freshly painted exterior, the installation of new, energy-efficient windows and doors, a larger kitchen and bathrooms, an entrance lobby and foyer at each entrance, an automated projector and screen in the main meeting room, and new table and chairs. A modified building layout also permits restroom access for visitors to Taylor Street Park.
The exterior of the Alston-Massenburg Center was also enhanced to project a more welcoming and attractive appearance. Vibrant, annual flower beds and clusters of other plants were also installed to effectively support the property’s new and improved look.
Beginning in October, the facility will be available for rent on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information about the Alston-Massenburg Center, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/residents-parksrecreation_facilities_alstonmassenburg.aspx or call 919-435-9560.