The Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center and the Evergreen Branch Library, along with several community agencies, will combine services to form the Evergreen Community Center, located at 2601 N. Arkansas, currently home to the Evergreen Branch Library.
The vision of this project is to create "a multicultural, multigenerational resource center in Wichita's historic North End neighborhood where community residents can access information, city services, educational opportunities, small business development assistance, family support, and connection to a variety of other resources in a welcoming and safe space that is culturally inviting, comfortable and bilingual."
"The new Evergreen Community Center will provide residents with a variety of learning opportunities and access to essential City services under one roof," said Vice Mayor Cindy Claycomb, District VI.
The Evergreen Community Center will be a one-stop shop for information, City services and family support, and will house several organizations:
City of Wichita services will include the neighborhood center, library, community policing and neighborhood inspection. These services will provide reliable information and resources to residents.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families will provide prevention and protection services, economic and employment services, rehabilitation services, and child support services.
Various other program partners and services will join the Evergreen Community Center. Watch for announcements about these partners at future dates.
The project will temporarily close the current Evergreen Branch Library for renovations beginning Monday, November 30. A temporary library outlet will be established at the Evergreen Recreation Center, 2700 N. Woodland, to allow neighborhood residents to return materials, borrow items placed on hold for transfer from other libraries or to make use of a small browsing collection. Public computing services will be available from the Evergreen Neighborhood Resource Center, also at 2700 N. Woodland. Customers needing more extensive library services will be referred to the Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St. during the remodeling. The temporary library location will be open 9 a.m. - noon, Monday-Wednesday, 2 - 5:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 - 5 p.m. Friday.
The Evergreen Community Center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021. The project will cost $1.65 million and is funded by proceeds from the sale of the Hyatt Hotel and the Library's Capital Improvement Program.
A copy of the Vice Mayor's comments from this morning can be found here: