The Monitcello Ongoing Revitalization Effort or M.O.R.E. hosted a meeting in their new, future community center.
The former Kelly Miller High School is now being used by M.O.R.E. to serve the community. The building will house a community gymnasium, classrooms, a heritage museum and will have tenant spaces on the top floors.
The group hopes that this center will bring the community together and create a new, fun public space. M.O.R.E. hopes to host life skill classes, create a mentoring program for youth and have low-cost fitness classes. Mateen ‘Tuna’ Abdul-Aziz, president of the M.O.R.E. planning committee envisions the center becoming an essential part of the community.
“We want the community to be able to come in and enjoy the building. You know we want to give the youth a place to go, hang out, have fun, to stay out of trouble,” said Mateen. “We want to give um some tenants some business space so you know, that’s the goal to have business space and just to make the community center accessible to the community.”
The group is looking for donations and manpower to help with their three phase construction plan. Anyone who would like to donate or see upcoming events can contact Mateen directly at (304)-376-6493 or Jim Griffin, Planning Committee member, at (304)-641-9963.