Mayor Don Wesely today thanked U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey for his efforts to secure federal funding for the proposed Northbridge Center for Children and Youth in Lincoln. The Veterans Administration/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill approved by the U.S. Senate today includes $1.25 million for the community center, which Cedars Youth Services will operate at North 27th and Holdrege streets. The bill now goes to the U.S. House for approval.
"As a Lincoln native, Senator Kerrey has done so much to give back to his hometown, and this is another addition to his legacy," Wesely said. "This is an extremely important project for families and for the ongoing revitalization of North 27th Street. Cedars Youth Services has done an outstanding job in this community, and this new center will bring their programs to key neighborhoods in the heart of our city."
"This federal funding will make the construction of the new facility possible," said Jim Blue, President and CEO of Cedars Youth Services. "Thanks to Mayor Wesely and Senator Kerrey, this will be a wonderful resource for the children of north central Lincoln."
The construction cost of $1.85 million includes $535,000 from last year’s federal budget, $40,000 from McDonald’s and $25,000 from the Community Health Endowment. About $600,000 in city Community Development Block Grant funds were allocated for the purchase of the site, just north of the new Police Department Team Station.