Goleta Valley Community Center to Spend $3 Million in Federal Funds for Seismic and ADA Upgrades | Local News

The Goleta Valley Community Center plans to spend $3 million in federal funds on seismic upgrades and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements.

The money is part of the federal budget enacted in March, and on Monday, Congressman Salud Carbajal visited the site with Goleta staff and municipal Council members for a visit and an update on the construction plans.

“We do these tours of all the sites that receive funds to raise awareness of how the community is going to benefit,” Carbajal said.

The center will receive an additional $5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the City of Golette to improve the structural integrity of the building.

Over the years, the Goleta Valley Community Center has suffered damage. It no longer meets modern building codes and is particularly vulnerable to earthquake damage, Goleta General services said director Matthew Fore.

The seismic upgrades will allow the auditorium and dining hall to be reused and extend the life of the building, he said.

The ADA-related work will include additional parking spaces, new handrails, a new path from the bus stop to the building entrance, and renovated restrooms, according to the city.

The city plans to begin construction in winter 2023 or early 2024.

The Goleta Valley Community Center operates as a school and senior center as well as a venue for classes and community activities, according to Fore. More than 90 non-profit organizations use the community center each month and the center welcomes approximately 100,000 visitors each year.

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City of Goleta officials with Congressman Salud Carbajal outside the Goleta Valley Community Center. (Photo by Grace Kitayama/Noozhawk)

The city of Goleta will take over the management of the community center next year.

The federal funding is part of the direct funding of $17 million that President Joe Biden approved in March for nine Central Coast projects.

Other project funding includes $2.5 million for the Escalante Meadows Community Center in Guadalupe, $1.7 million for LeRoy Park in Guadalupe, $1.3 million for the Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building , $900,000 for the Lompoc Health Clinic and $112,000 for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indian Wastewater. Medicinal plant.

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