The South Norwalk Community Center is getting a makeover.
"The bathrooms will be remodeled, we will also have a handicapped bathroom, and we will have two classrooms and bathrooms in each classroom."
Approximately $197,000 worth of renovation work, which began in July, will transform a large portion of the center's first floor into high tech community rooms and classrooms for after school programs.
"We would love to give our children in this area as much as a benefit as we can, as much of a step up as we can possibly give them," said Robertson.
Kelly Robertson, the community center's new executive director says because of the cost, the renovations are broken up into three phases. She tells us phase one and two will be completed in September.
"It hasn't been renovated in a long time," said Robertson. "And if you looked at the conditions of the facility prior to starting construction, it needed a facelift and we definitely needed an after-school program."
Funds for the renovations are provided by the Community Block Grant and donations. Robertson says when phase three is completed, along with classrooms, there will also be more office space and a reception area.
"One of the big issues is now that the children are not necessarily going to local schools or their local elementary schools with the redistricting, they have to catch a bus and with transportation being and issue, parents working, the children need an after school program."
Moving forward, Robertson says she wants to include more trilingual programs for individuals of all ages, education classes for adults, and even the possibility of a preschool.
Currently the community center is running a back to school fund, collecting backpacks for children in need before the school year begins. For more details on the center's programs visit sonocc.org.