Neighbors want answers on South Side community center’s closure

Residents of the South Side’s Villa Coronado neighborhood are worried about the Father Roman Community Center, which has been closed since October — stoking fears it may not reopen.

The city-owned building was closed after a park staffer made a “visual observation,” the parks and recreation department said in a statement, and officials called for a structural assessment — but four months later, residents say there’s been no communication from the city about what the observation was, the outcome of the structural assessment and what the plans for reopening are.

“I just want to communicate. Tell me what’s going on with the building. It’s not me who needs it. It’s the kids,” said Olga Martinez, president of the Villa Coronado Neighborhood Association, during a regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening.

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