The on again off again construction of the Church of the Nazarene Youth Community Center is very much back on again. And they’ve got a hole that looks like a mini-Grand Canyon right outside to prove it – where that block of 10th street used to be. The contractor is re-routing a huge underground storm drain that ran right under the building. They’re bringing it out to the street so access to it will be convenient for repairs or modifications in the future.
Tenth Street, just east of 101, has been shut down for several days but it’s expected the pipe connections will be completed and the road grade restored by the weekend. Paving would probably follow somewhat after that. No word if that section of 10th would be back open immediately to through traffic. The project has temporarily interrupted the fire department’s straight bee-line access to Highway 101. They’re having to access 101 via 11th or 8th.
The Nazarene’s Youth Community Center has long been envisioned as a large multi-purpose building aimed at ministering to youth as well as providing meeting and gathering facilities for the Newport community at large. Meeting rooms, classrooms, full kitchen and basketball court with bleachers are also in the plans.
The church has said all along that the project is as much a labor of love as it is of concrete and steel. Therefore they still don’t have an official completion date. But when it’s done they say it will provide very substantial services to the community, especially to our youth and to the area’s growing number of homeless.