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Center for Canyon Country?

• City considers 3 sites for eastside community services.

Posted: April 1, 2008 3:58 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Santa Clarita city officials are considering three Canyon Country sites as potential locations for a community center similar to the one in Newhall.

Such a center would be aimed at serving high-risk youth but could evolve into a whole-community service center for adults, youth and children, officials said.

Potential sites include land next to Canyon Country Park, a lot on Flying Tiger Parkway off Sierra Highway, and property within a retail center on Soledad Canyon Road.

The 2.49 acres of land adjacent to Canyon Country Park are located at 17741 Soledad Canyon Road, according to a city staff report. Although the site is in a highly visible location and is near public

transportation, it is not near Canyon Country's high-risk, low-income population, according to the report. The city does not yet know if the landowner is interested in selling.

The site consisting of 2.3 acres off Soledad Canyon Road is in the back of a retail center that currently includes the Canyon Country post office, as well as a bar, pawn shop and liquor store. The site was once home to a YMCA in-line hockey rink.

The 2.55-acre vacant lot on Flying Tiger Drive is next to a senior living community, and the land is up for sale. Because of railroad tracks and a cement culvert, accessibility could be a problem, according to the report.

The city has not yet made a recommendation on a particular site but is eyeing sites where youth-oriented community services don't already exist. The city expects to spend between $18 million to $20 million on construction costs and up to about $2.5 million to acquire the land.

The city is looking to provide programs beneficial to the area's seniors and high-risk youth and will model the services after those used at the Newhall Community Center. Programs could include traditional sports, literacy, leadership programs and recreational programs such as visual and performing arts and fitness. The city is also considering a child development program that would offer classes for preschool-aged children.

The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission will weigh in on the sites at its meeting on Thursday. The commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard.

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